Hello you lovely people! Ok, so I have a little confession to make, this post was actually meant to go up before Halloween and Bonfire Night, but I got crazy behind on my blogging schedule- I’m sorry!
But I figured that a tasty apple treat is perfect for the whole of Autumn, regardless of what festivities you celebrate. So that’s what I’m bringing you today!
There’s something oddly comforting to do with apples at this time of year, at least for me. As the Winter months roll in, I am craving hot apple cider, apple crumble and custard, spiced apple cake… you get the idea. Mixing the trusty old apple with sweet treats has something soo satisfying about it, and so homely. The thought of toffee apples takes me right back to being a kid. I remember my mum buying them in close to Halloween; I would sit and nibble all of the sugary coating off before leaving the apple. I am proud to say that my taste buds have changed somewhat, and now I enjoy devouring the apple itself too.
Today’s recipe is a really simple, yet scrumptious idea, that’ll have you whipping up the perfect sweet treat in no time. I mixed it up a bit from the usual toffee coated apples and decided to dunk these apple slices in melted chocolate instead! This was for two reasons, primarily the fact I’m on a student budget and chocolate is much cheaper, and two because I left my sugar thermometer at home. Three because I just bloody love chocolate.
I also decided to keep things plain and simple, and stick to just apple slices rather than dunking a full apple. You could pop a lolly stick in these if you fancied making some ‘apple pops’ for a Fall themed party, but I liked the idea of having my slices on their own, as they make a great snack! (Though I will warn you that this does make them a little messier to eat!).
I topped of my slices with some chopped nuts, and the outcome was soooo yummy. The crunchiness and juiciness of the apple, accompanied with the smooth chocolate coating and nutty flavour was delicious, and perfect for Autumn!
The best bit about these is that you can eat more of them because they’ve got fruit in… that’s totally how it works, right?
You could also whip up some of my salted caramel sauce to drizzle over the top of these apples. I have a feeling it would be HEAVENLY.
My Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe!
So let’s get to it!
You will need:
- Apples. As many as you like really. As I live alone I kept it to a minimum and only used two apples.
- A mixture of chocolate. I used 150g milk chocolate and 150g white chocolate.
- Toppings! I used chopped nuts and golden stars on my apples, but feel free to get creative here and top with your favourite sweets or sprinkles!
- Wash and slice your apples. You want thick enough slices so that your apples are too delicate when you’re dunking them in your chocolate. Peel if you’d prefer, but I kept the skin on mine. Press your apple slices with some kitchen roll to help dry them out a bit before adding the chocolate, you don’t want them to be too wet.
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Melt your chocolate! I decided to cover half of my slices in white chocolate and half in milk chocolate for artistic credit, but do whatever tickles your fancy. By holding the bottom half of your apple slice between your fingers, use a spoon to cover one side of your apple in the melted chocolate. Spread it out with the back of the spoon so that you have an even layer, before turning over and doing the same with the other side. Your fingers will get a bit messy! More to lick off afterwards, right?
- Place your slices down on the baking tray once you have covered them in chocolate.
- If using chopped nuts, sprinkle these over the top of your apple slices. Drizzle some melted chocolate over your slices in a contrasting colour. I chose to add my golden stars after this to make them really stand out!
- Once you are satisfied with the look of your apple slices, place them in the fridge for the chocolate to completely set!
I keep these slices in the fridge once I’ve made them. If you’ve covered them in chocolate well enough, they keep for quite a few days and retain their juicy, crunchy texture.
There you have it guys! I hope you enjoyed this really easy and tasty recipe, if you can call it that!
I’ll be taking these with my lunch over the next few days, if I haven’t eaten them all by then!
What’s your favourite treat to make using apples at this time of year? Let me know!