Glazed Christmas apples

This recipe is inspired by my childhood visit to Tivoli in Copenhagen. I still remember the first time my mother gave me a red glazed apple from the sweet candy shop in Tivoli. I loved the taste and the red colour, and today I must admit that I still love these very sweet sugar apples. They are decorative and fun and my family and I have added them to our list of "favourite Christmas cooking". The apples are also sweet as a "hostess gift"  or as a sweet treat especially for the small ones.

Red Pigeon apples
Wooden sticks
0,5 dl water
300 gram sugar
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp red food colouring
Coconut for decoration

Rinse the apples well and pat dry. Insert a stick into the bottom of each apple. To make the Candy glaze, place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 143ยฐC. You can also test the temperature by taking a 1 tsp. of the glaze and put in a cup of cold water. If the glaze becomes soft like caramel, the temperature is fine. Remove from the heat. Dip the apples in the syrup one at a time, and place them on a backing sheet. After dipping the apples in the syrup, you can roll them in coconut or dried nuts. Let the glaze harden.
from Helene