I know, it's been ages. Don't be cross.
There is much to tell and I need to write a proper post but in the meantime, I'm going to bribe you with some sticky toffee apples, just in time for Halloween.
Sticky apples (recipe swiped directly from Frankie's brilliant Sweet Treats book)
8 small red apples, washed and air-dried
2 cups caster sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon red food
8 wooden sticks
Makes 8 apples
Over low heat, cook sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Stir until sugar has dissolved and then bring to boil without stirring. (To prevent sugar crystallising, brush down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush).
Add food colouring and cream of tartar and give it a stir.
Reduce heat to low and simmer mixture for 20 minutes or until it reaches 150°C (hard-crack stage). Take off the heat immediately.
When toffee ceases bubbling, dip each apple into the toffee. You can coat an apple evenly by tipping the pan on an angle. Make sure you get lots of sticky stuff around the top of the stick, so it doesn’t fall out when you hold it.
Put all sticky apples on to baking trays and set at room temperature. They’ll set in about 30 minutes.
Best eaten straight away, but you can store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 24 hours.