Bonfire night is approaching, and whether you are hosting your own bonfire, attending an event, or having a cosy night in whilst peeping outside the window, bonfire inspired snacks are a must for us all.
We have prepared a few simple, yet dazzling snack ideas for you foodies to recreate and enjoy for this special occasion!
Homemade toffee apples
- 4 apples of your choice
- 200g of caster sugar
- 2 tbsp of golden syrup/ honey
Firstly, place your Apples into a bowl, and fill with boiling water. This is to remove any wax off the apple which would prevent the toffee from sticking. This will take around 2 minutes.
After draining your apples, dry them and remove any stalks. Put lollypop sticks into each apple then place onto a tray with some baking paper.
Now, add sugar into a pan with 100ml of water on a medium heat on the hob until the sugar has dissolved (this will take a few minutes; however, you should keep an eye on it.)
If cooking with children, make sure to utilise the child lock function when leaving the hob unattended. This way, you are preventing any accidental changes to the settings on the hob and keeping them safe.
When the sugar has successfully dissolved, add in your 2 tbsp of either honey or maple syrup and boil until ready. Again, ensure you keep an eye on this. An effective way of testing whether your toffee is ready is by filling a bowl with cold water and placing a bit of the mixture into this. If it hardens instantly then it is ready!
Finally, take the toffee off heat and quickly begin to dip each apple into the mixture until all are covered.
Leave the apples on the baking tray to dry, then help yourself!
Honey hot dogs with caramelised onions
- Sausages of your choice (pork, chicken, veggie etc)
- Baguettes/ bread of your choice
- 1 full onion
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil/ butter
Begin by preheating the oven, taking only 5 minutes to preheat, leaving you the perfect prep time!
Whilst your oven is preheating, put your sausages on a tray and begin to chop your onion. Add the onion to a pan and fry off with either a teaspoon of olive oil or butter.
Put your sausages into the oven and keep stirring your onions until browned and soft.
After 20 minutes, the sausages should be fully cooked through thanks to even bake. Take out of the oven and drizzle a teaspoon of honey on top of them; place them into their baguettes and put back into the oven on the grill setting for 5 minutes to toast the bread.
Finally, take out, and plate up with your caramelised onions and favourite condiments.
Rich tea biscuits/ biscuits of your choice, you can even make your own. (2 for each s’more)
Pack of marshmallows
Optional, bar of chocolate
If you have a gas hob, this is perfect for this task! Pop your marshmallows onto a wooden stick and hold over the flame until melted, then simply pop in between your two biscuits!
For a more child friendly, energy efficient approach, you can also use a microwave. Simply put a few marshmallows into a microwave-friendly bowl, alongside chunks of chocolate and set to a low heat. Check regularly to ensure you do not burn the sweet treats and stir regularly. Then, again, place between the two biscuits.
Finally, you can also use an induction/ceramic hob. Simply put marshmallows (and potentially chocolate) into a pan on a low heat and keep stirring until melted. The soft melt function is ideal for this, by maintaining a constant temperature of 42 degrees, soft melt makes it easy to master melting difficult ingredients without burning them.
Luckily, most ingredients for these are either already in the house, or easy enough to use elsewhere. However, ensure these snacks do not go to waste! Share leftovers at work, in school or save for the next day.