With the air becoming refreshingly crisp and the leaves starting to fall, it is only natural to start cosying up with some delicious winter warmers. And, our Toffee Apple ice cream is the perfect autumnal accompaniment to go alongside them. As October is Apple Month and Halloween, so we just had to dedicate a post to our beloved Toffee Apple ice cream!

Toffee apples are reminicent of everything to do with bonfire night, halloween and general autumnal festivities. The distinctive red baubles on sticks have long been a treat for children (and adults!) for many years and will forever be a nostalgic tradition. Toffee apples are the perfect balance of sharpness from the apples and sweetness from the glistening sugar coating, which is why we just had to capture the amazing flavour in an ice cream.

There is one story that claims the toffee apple was created by accident in 1908 when veteran candy-maker William W Kolb was experimenting with a Christmas-themed red cinnamon potion. He dropped the apple into the potion and the toffee apple was born. Apparently, the immediate popularity soon meant that demand outweighed production. At this time of year there is nothing better than a homemade apple crumble and a big scoop of Toffee Apple ice cream really makes this classic dessert special.

APPLE CRUMBLE WITH TOFFEE APPLE ICE CREAM

Ingredients:

  • 300g/10½oz plain flour, sieved pinch of salt
  • 175g/6oz unrefined brown sugar
  • 200g/7oz unsalted butter , cubed at room temperature
  • Knob of butter for greasing
  • 450g/1lb apples , peeled, cored and cut into 1cm/½in pieces
  • 50g/2oz unrefined brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
  • New Forest Toffee Apple ice cream

Method:

Apple crumble is nice and simple to make. Firstly, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Taking a few cubes of butter at a time rub into the flour mixture. Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Place the fruit in a large bowl and sprinkle over the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir well being careful not to break up the fruit. Butter a 24cm/9in ovenproof dish. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.

Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the crumble is browned and the fruit mixture bubbling. When ready to serve, add a generous scoop of New Forest Ice Cream Toffee Apple ice cream and tuck into the delicious bowl of goodness and enjoy!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/applecrumble_2971

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