BONFIRE NIGHT SWEET TREATS

Bonfire night this year falls on a Saturday for a change so the children can join in the fun making sweet treats for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

The first recipe involves a little bit of frying ..

BITE SIZED TOFFEE APPLE DONUTS (MAKES AROUND 40 LITTLE DONUTS)

1/2 pint milk

4 oz butter

2 lb flour

2 x 7gm sachets of fast acting dried yeast

4oz caster sugar (plus an extra couple of oz for dusting)

Pinch of salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon (plus an additional half tsp for dusting)

2 large beaten eggs

2 large sweet apples grated

1 tin carnation caramel

Oil to fry Method:

Warm the milk and add that butter and set aside until all the butter has melted and the milk mixture is no more than hand hot. Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Pour the slightly warm milk mixture, grated apple and beaten eggs into the well of flour etc and mix to a SOFT dough.

Gently knead the dough on a lightly floured surface before putting into a greased bowl and sealed with cling film till the dough has proved (around 2 hours).

After the first prove, tip out the dough and re-knead and then pull off walnut sized balls of dough. Roll into small balls and place them onto a greased baking tray and keep going until all your mixture has been used up. Cover again and leave for a further 40 minutes.

In the meantime, mix the dusting sugar and cinnamon and place on a dry tray ready to roll your fried donuts in.

Lightly fry around 4 at a time until golden brown and pop onto some kitchen roll to drain. Whilst still warm, toss in the cinnamon sugar and leave to cool.

To fill the donuts, simply poke a hole with a skewer in each donut and pipe in the caramel mixture.

Keep a little of the caramel to swirl over the top of them – DELICIOUS

NO BAKE CHOCOLATE & PEANUT BUTTER OATCAKE SQUARES

12 oz Butter

6 oz Brown Sugar

6 oz peanut butter

10 oz rolled oats

8 oz plain chocolate chips

2 tsp vanilla extract

Put the butter and demerara sugar in a pan to melt down until the sugar disolves. Add the rolled oats and stir until all the oats are covered and the butter and sugar are absorbed into the oats.

In the second pan, melt together the peanut butter and chocolate chips until smooth.

Divide the oat mixture roughly into four and put one quarter into each of the two greased trays you have ready. Press down to the edges keeping it flat. Then, pour over each half of the melted chocolate and peanut mixture and spread to the sides. Before it goes hard, sprinkle the remaining quarters of the oats over the top of the chocolate mixture on each tray. It will settle a little.

Once you have all the mixture in the baking trays, chill overnight before cutting into small even squares.

Simply GORGEOUS

F1 FIREWORKS

As Nico Rosberg crossed the finish line to take the chequered flag, the on-board transponder initiated the start of a four minute fireworks display of epic proportions.

Right from the start, the race promised excitement with Nico Hulkenberg not even making the first turn as chaos ensued. He ended up being sandwiched between the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and the Torro Rosso driven by Carlos Sainz, causing him to destroy his car as he collided with the track side barrier. This in turn resulted in the safety car being deployed with an unusual pit lane drive through. Once the debris had been removed the race restarted with one brave marshal getting caught out as he recovered the last of the carbon fibre shards as the fast moving pack hurtled towards him at nearly 200 mph.

There were some particularly hairy moments, as an early pit release saw two of the £3.5 million cars almost crash together and take one of the pit crew with them in their attempt to get in and out of the pits as quickly as possible.

The Singapore F1 race, like Monaco, takes place on a street circuit where the usual speed limit is 30mph. But, for one day a year, this is increased to over 200 mph with a very tight track and barriers inches away from the fast moving cars.

Since it’s inauguration race in 2008, the Singaporean circuit has become recognised as one of the few that almost always features a safety car at some point making strategy calls from the team principle a little more unsure; anything can happen here and usually does.

It seemed tyre choice was to determine the race outcome as Singapore is a notoriously difficult track to overtake on, but there was some very close and intense racing with Daniel Ricciardo almost catching Nico Rosberg on the last lap.

A very well deserved driver of the day award went to Sebastian Vettel who after a rear suspension issue saw him qualify in 22, right at the pack of the pack, the Ferrari powered engine and his determination boosting him to finish fifth overall.

The fireworks as always were large loud and impressive and with the changes to the management now American media group Liberty are the in charge some new technology should start to appear such as the giant stop-watch projected on to the Ferris wheel beside the track.

All in all it was a good race full of exciting moments and some stunning fireworks both on and off the track.

A ROUND-UP OF FIREWORKS EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

Well, there is quite a weekend of firework events in store with events up and down the Country to satisfy even the most ardent of pyro lovers.

Yesterday, it all kicked off on the West Coast with the first of the displays for the World Firework Championships in Blackpool with the professional team from Australia’s Skylighter Fireworks. They have competed all over the World including the PIPC in the Philippines so they are no stranger to the pressure of competition. Unfortunately, the event will only be stopped if the weather makes the event unsafe.

Friday 9th September was also the start of the brilliant Pyronale in Berlin. Every year, pro firing teams from across Europe come together in this huge two-day event held at the Berlin Olympic stadium. Tonight sees representatives from France, Poland and Brazil filling the skies and on 10th September, Austria, Romania and Portugal fire in competition and whilst the votes are being cast and counted, organisers Flash Art will be entertaining the spectators with a finale show.

Saturday Sep 10th the second night of competition in Macau in China, in which UK team Pyro 2000 take on the mighty SUGYP who represent Switzerland in the skies over Macau’s waterfront. The theme is Bond and the fireworks have to be choreographed to the music track.

September 10th also marks the last in the season of the mighty Firework Champion events. This last one is at the beautiful Ragley Hall in Alcester, Warwickshire. Fantastic evening out for all the family, grab your picnic, blankets and a bottle of fizz and get along to this fantastic event in which 3 teams will compete for the champions title and the finale is supplied by pyro big wigs MLE Pyrotechnics.

There will be fireworks for the start of the annual illuminations event in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. This event has been ongoing since 1897 making this the 119th year it has been entertaining people from all over the country.

Over to the East Coast on Saturday, for the annual Scarborough Goldwing Light Parade; a one day event that raises thousands for Scarborough RNLI Lifeboats. All of the decorated motorbikes are there to see during the day so you can have a closer look at the beautifully customised vehicles before they parade along the North and South promenades before a beautiful fireworks finale on the South Bay Beach.

Finally, another of the Sussex Bonfire society events takes place this weekend; Crowborough Bonfire and Carnival. This amazing event has been going on for more than 7 years and free to attend. There will be various stalls and activities as well as fund-raising events for local charities. In the evening, there will be a parade with a Bonfire along with fancy dress events for all to enjoy. Get along and show your support.

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