Friday, October 26, 2012

Classic Caramel Apples

Apples have always had a wonderful place in every fall lovers heart. We bob for apples, we make apple pie, we harvest apples, Hell, we even give them to teachers at the beginning of the year. There is absolutely no better way to bring that tradition full circle than covering them in caramel!

These caramel apples are classics, very straight forward, simple, and wonderful!!! Celebrate 6 days of Halloween left, and bite into some caramel apples!

*Be sure to pay attention to the color of your sugar while it caramelizes, too soon it will be albino, too late it will burn.

Ingredients: makes 6

Sticks or whatevs to insert into the apples
 Nonstick cooking spray
 2 cups sugar
 1/2 cup heavy cream
 6 Granny Smith or Red Delicious apples
 1 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts (optional)

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and coat with cooking spray, this will prevent the caramel from adhering to everything.

 In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil over high, then reduce to medium-high and simmer, undisturbed, until caramel is golden brown, 8 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully stir in cream (mixture will sputter). And we say sputter we mean it, I practically seared flesh off. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool 5 minutes.

Now make a small slit in top of each apple, and insert your stick 1 inch deep into each slit.

For the finale….dip apples into caramel, swirling to coat. Sprinkle with nuts (if using) and transfer to sheet. If the caramel seems thin, just let it cool, and double dip (we allow it), or allow it to sit in the freezer for a few min to harden the caramel.

Serve up! Yummy!!!

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