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We are all familiar with toffee apples. Why not toffee grapes? An unusual and scrumptious, low calorie, NO FAT addition to the cheese platter for those willing to try something a little bit different, and those not afraid to mix sweet and savoury. This recipe appeared in the November 2005 issue of 'Australian Good Taste'. It recommends these grapes as an ideal accompaniment to strong cheeses such as gorgonzola, and suggests serving them with a sparkling Shiraz. The preparation and cooking times do not include the 10 minutes setting time. I have two other toffeed fruit recipes posted: Chinatown Toffeed Figs and Toffeed Apples.
- Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper; and using kitchen scissors, cut the grapes into small bunches of 3-6 grapes.
- Combine the sugar and water in a heavy-based saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to medium and gently boil, without stirring, occasionally brushing down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in water, for 12-15 minutes or until golden, then set the toffee mixture aside until the bubbles have reduced.
- Using kitchen tongs to hold the stem (or if your tongs are too large for this job, a pair of tweezers), gently dip a grape cluster into the toffee mixture and turn it evenly to ensure that it is fully coated. Transfer the grapes to the prepared tray. Repeat with the remaining grapes and toffee mixture. Set aside for 10 minutes or until the toffee sets.
- Arrange the grapes on a cheese board with the assorted cheeses of your choice. And serve with water biscuits, Oaten Biscuits Recipe #144738 and bread slices.