Fall is drawing near, and what better way to invite it’s festivities with some fall apples! The apples I dressed up are never limited to the toppings I chose, but there are so many other variations.
I decided to use a homemade caramel recipe. But before I added the caramel I made sure to prepare the apples before dipping. Take close to boiling water and soak each apple for approximately 10 seconds and then wipe off excess water. This removes any wax or residue from your apples. I also chose Granny Smith apples, although you may use your own personal preference. Choose a stick of your choice and insert into tops of each apple.
This recipe is for 12-14 medium sized apples.
Caramel (soft ball):
One 14 oz. can of condensed milk
2 cups of dark brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup of real butter (two sticks and no margarine)
1-2 teaspoons of vanilla (add this after caramel has cooled 1-2 minutes)
Use a silicone spatula to constantly stir caramel, otherwise it will scorch.
Place heavy duty saucepan on medium high until butter and all ingredients have melted, while stirring constantly. When it comes to a boil reduce heat to medium and then place in the candy thermometer and continue to stir until it reaches 245°F. Once it does, then remove from heat while continuing to stir. After about 1-2 minutes add your vanilla, it will bubble but it’s normal.
Take your apples and dip them at a tilt as if you were dipping a cakepop; in a circular motion and gently shake off excess.
Place apples onto a buttered piece of wax paper until dry.
Now the fun begins! Choose any melting chocolate you like, as well as nuts, candy etc…! I choose dark chocolate, white chocolate, pecans, walnuts, peanut butter chips, and tiger butter (peanut butter mixed with white chocolate ).
Also these make perfect gifts. I prepared a few in a clear bag with a bow to give away. The smallest touch adds a personal touch. Any left over caramel I wrapped in wax paper for individual candy pieces. Enjoy!