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Delicious Caramel Apples
In preparation for the fall I thought I'd share a recipe for homemade caramel apples. You can use whatever flavor of apple you like and once finished you can even add nuts, sprinkles or chocolate decorations. Nothing says autumn like a fresh caramel apple. They are pretty straight forward to make-if a bit messy.
This recipe makes uses homemade caramel instead of melting store bought caramel candies for a traditional approach that will get the caramel nice and smooth. It's perfect for dipping things into and only uses a few ingredients. Get creative and decorate your apples with candies for a cute Halloween treat or keep things simple with a dusting of nuts for a healthier alternative.
- 6 medium sized apples, firm
- 6 wooden skewers
- 1 Cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 Cup light corn syrup
- 1 Cup light cream
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbs. butter
- Wash and dry your apples.
- Remove the stems from apples and firmly insert the skewers where the stem used to be.
- In a medium-sized heavy saucepan combine brown sugar, corn syrup, cream and salt.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until it registers 240 degrees Fahrenheit on your candy thermometer.
- Once it's reached the right temperature stir in butter.
- Once the mixture is homogenous, keep on heat and quickly dip each apple. Turn the apples so they get coated thoroughly.
- Place apples on a greased backing sheet or wax paper to cool.
- If you would like to further embellish your caramel apples let them cool for just a few seconds before rolling in nuts, sprinkles etc. Just long enough for the caramel to be a bit less runny yet still sticky. I prefer to put my decorations in a cake pan to roll.