Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gourmet caramel apples....


As the wind's fury slaps our windows and the numerous reporters on television man their
 posts giving us minute by minute accounts of the storm, I sit here once again feeling grateful for the safety of our home and the roof over our head.  I pray that you are all keeping safe. 

Such a contradiction to the day when I took these photos...


I have been meaning to make these apples for hubby for quite some time now as he is often 'splurging' on those gourmet apples found at the mall.  I had a feeling it would be easy to duplicate, but didn't realize the mess factor involved when making them.

And of course, there was some trial and error.  Was it false advertising or my lack of culinary skills...hmm?  But after taking a pleasant shortcut it all worked out...


* 10 large Granny Smith apples
* Homemade caramel – or 2 bags individually wrapped caramels (I used this recipe)
* 1 lb of confectionery white chocolate
* 1/2 cup of sugar and cinnamon mixture to taste
* 1/2 cup of crushed Graham crackers or any other toppings such as crushed oreos, peanuts etc.
* 10 Popsicle sticks
* Sand paper
* Parchment paper

1) With fine sandpaper, lightly sand apples (this makes the caramel stick better)
2) Thoroughly wash and dry the apples
3) Insert popsicle sticks through top of apple and place apples in fridge to chill
4) In a large pan, melt caramels or follow preferred recipe; allow caramel to cool for 10 minutes
5) Dip apple in caramel, making sure apple is completely coated; allow excess to drip off and place apple onto cookie sheet lined with lightly greased parchment paper
6) Place apples in fridge to set approx 1-2 hours
7) Melt chocolate in water bath or microwave 
8) Coat apples with chocolate; allow excess to drip and let chocolate dry slightly but not completely 
9) Sprinkle apple with cinnamon mixture or any desired toppings and allow to cool in the fridge

 I surprised the kiddies after school but unfortunately 
for them, I only allowed them to eat half each...



Everyone loved them, making me happy :)

...a little bit of heaven on earth...

Thank you for stopping by.  Again, keep safe and talk to you soon.

much love,
Lucy 



11 comments:

  1. Your apples do look so yummy, thank you for the recipe!

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  2. Those look GREAT, Lu! Now what kind of MEAN MOM only lets the kids eat ONE HALF of one? Oh-wait- It is a healthy minded Mom. Ummmm...do you take a bite out of each of their Halloween treats before giving it to them? Just checking.....xo Diana

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  3. Those are lovely - your pics are great! And I'm wishing I had one of those apples sitting here right now!

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  4. These look delicious, Lu. One of those would be great right about now as I sit be the cozy fire.

    Hugs,
    Lauara

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  5. Yummy! Beautiful shots. I love the light.

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  6. Oh my goodness. This blog is a little bit of heaven on earth! This looks delicious and better then the mall apples. I will make these!

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  7. These look amazing!! I love how fresh they look, and great photos. So basically now I want a caramel apple badly :)

    xoxo, Tanya

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  8. These look delicious! I love caramel apples -- I have only had a handful, but these look very delicious! :-) Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

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  9. These look so yummy...I cant wait to ry making them!! thanks for sharing your delicious secret :))

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  10. Yum, these look so good! Have a happy candy day today :)
    -Jen

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  11. Instead of sanding, you can also give the apples a short dip in boiling water & then wipe them off with a towel.

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