Bonfires, fireworks, and jacket potatoes

When I was a kid this was one of the most exciting times of the year. There was my birthday, and the promise of book tokens, Dinky toys and a ten shilling note tucked into a birthday card, at the end of October. Then a week later, on November the fifth, it was Bonfire Night, […]

Home-made Toffee Apples

Mum always made these for Bonfire Night or Halloween. You’ll need a sugar thermometer. Ingredients 6-8 medium size apples – sharp, crisp ones like Granny Smith or Cox 450g (1lb) sugar 145ml (5fl oz) water 60g (2oz) glucose 60g (2oz) golden syrup Wash and wipe the apples, push a skewer or stick into the core […]

Honeycomb Toffee aka Cinder Toffee

Mum used to make this for Bonfire Night, she called it Cinder Toffee because it has an aerated texture like cinder breeze block. You’ll need a sugar thermometer. 225g (8oz) sugar Small pinch cream of tartar 1 tablespoon golden spoon 70ml (2½ fl oz) cold water ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 teaspoon warm water […]