Summer holiday – tick. Back to school – tick. Halloween – tick. Where has this year gone? And all that’s happening as it speeds by, is that I am ageing. Argh. It’s frightening. I need a treat to make myself feel better. And given my need for sweet, plus Bonfire Night on the horizon this weekend, I have the perfect recipe and tutorial. Chocolate dipped apples – or as I prefer to call them Apple Pops. Let’s get involved.
– Apples – I love the tiny varieties you can buy in Marks and Spencer or Waitrose £1 Ocado but any apple will do.
– Cake pop sticks £2.45 Amazon.
– White cooking chocolate. Or Candy melts £3.20 Amazon. Or ideally both.
– Milk cooking chocolate.
– Dark cooking chocolate (More for adults – like moi). These are £2.50 Sainsburys.
– Greaseproof paper or ideally a polystyrene/cake pop block – for setting the apples in the fridge.
Remove the apple stem.
Insert a cake pop stick into the centre of the apple where the stem used to be. You may need to use a cake poker to help pierce the apple.
Have bowls set aside each with their own sprinkles in.
Break up each chocolate type you are using into a separate glass bowl and place over a saucepan on a low heat to gently melt. Stir frequently.
Once melted – remove from the heat.
Dip each apple into the melted chocolate, turning to coat it completely. Gently air-tap (imagine banging an imaginary drum once or twice without touching any surface) or spin gently to remove any excess blobs of chocolate.
Then select your topping and dip the apple into the required bowl of sprinkles to coat or sprinkle the sprinkles over the chocolate.
If you prefer, for some apples you can instead or as well, drizzle a complimentary colour of chocolate across the apples too.
Place the finished apple on baking parchment stick facing up or insert (stick down of course) into polystyrene block or cake pop stand.
Place into the fridge to set for around 10-15 minutes or until ready to serve.
Remove from the fridge, hand round to everyone – once you have chosen the biggest, most adorned one for yourself as you deserve it – you can be very pleased with yourself.
Oh and it goes without saying that somehow, as it’s an apple, it’s one of your 5 a day. Sort of.
Which one to choose?
Happy Bonfire Night!