Posts Tagged ‘Bonfire Night’

Cakes & Bakes: Plot toffee

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

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Jar of home-made plot toffee | @hisforhome

Plot toffee otherwise known as bonfire toffee is a traditional Yorkshire sweet eaten in the autumn around Halloween and – you guessed it – Bonfire Night!

It’s called Plot toffee after the Gunpowder Plot. It’s referred to by different names in different parts of the country; loshin du or taffi triog (Wales), Tom Trot (Yorkshire), claggum, clag or clack (Scotland).

Some recipes include a little milk and malt vinegar like this one I’m using from A Yorkshire Cookbook by Mary Hanson Moore. Others I have come across include ginger, cayenne pepper and even chilli powder.

Cakes & Bakes: Plot toffee

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 300g

Cakes & Bakes: Plot toffee


  • 225g Demerara sugar
  • 55g black treacle
  • 55g butter
  • 2tsp water
  • 2tsp milk
  • 2tsp malt vinegar


  1. Bring all the ingredients except the vinegar to the boil stirring constantly
  2. Boil gently for 15-20 minutes, still stirring, until the mixture becomes brittle when a small piece is dropped into cold water. Even better, if you have a jam thermometer the temperature needs to reach the hard crack stage of 149-154°C / 300-310°F
  3. Stir in the vinegar and then pour into a well-greased tin
  4. When nearly set, you can score it deeply into squares. Alternatively, allow to cool and give it a bash with a toffee hammer
  5. Store in an airtight jar or container

Gimme Five! Things for Bonfire Night

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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Five things for Bonfire Night | H is for Home

Tonight is Halloween, but next week is a celebration that’s a lot more home-grown – Bonfire Night. We prefer Bonfire Night to Halloween; the history, the spectacle of the fireworks, the comfort food like black peas (a Lancashire tradition), parkin and bonfire toffee.

When last have you seen a group of kids asking for, “A penny for the Guy?”? Perhaps it’s not as economically viable an option as “Trick or treat?” has become! :-)

  1. Small gold indoor sparklers – tube of 10: £3, Paperchase
  2. B is for Bonfire alphabet silkscreen print by Sarah Young: £19, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Bonfire kit: £60, Garden Trading
  4. 1950s print of children & penny Guy: £15, Etsy
  5. Original cinder toffee: £8.50 Fortnum & Mason

Tuesday Huesday: Brock’s Fireworks poster

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

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vintage Brock's Fireworks illustrationWith it having been Bonfire Night on Saturday, here’s a gorgeous vintage Brock’s Fireworks advertising poster that will blow you away! ☺