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Unfortunately, holding onto summer is not an option — as the temperatures cool in the mornings and evenings, and as the sun begins to set a little earlier each night, autumn becomes a beckoning reality on the horizon. With fall comes new beginnings and apple season, which, in our house, welcomes a seasonal ritual of making caramel apples. This is such an easy, fun, and slightly messy way to spend an afternoon with the kids.
8 apples, washed, dried and stems removed*
8 craft sticks or chopsticks
16 ounces caramel squares
3 tablespoons milk
Assorted coatings for apples
(I used 1 cup dried cherries, 1 cup pistachios,
1 cup dried banana chips and maldon salt),
roughly chopped in a food processor
*Some store bought apples have a wax coating —
try not to purchase these as the caramel
will not stick to the wax.
If you cannot avoid this here is
(Having all of your ingredients prepped ahead
of time is super important because once the
caramel is warm you'll need to work quickly.)
Combine caramel and milk in a bowl.
Fill a medium saucepan a quarter of
they way full with water.
To make a double boiler, which will
help melt the caramel without
fear of sticking to the pan,
place a heat safe glass bowl on top of the pan.
The steam from the simmering water will
provide the needed heat to evenly
melt the caramel to a smooth consistency.
While you are waiting for the caramel to melt,
hold the apples firmly and push the craft sticks
about halfway through the top of the apples.
Once the caramel achieves a smooth,
creamy texture remove the pan
from the stove and get ready to dip the apples.
The steam from the double boiler will
continue to heat the caramel for
a few minutes once you start dipping.
Holding the apples by the stick,
tilt down into the melted caramel, rolling until coated.
Allow any excessive amount of caramel to
run off before adding toppings.
Immediately roll or sprinkle the apples
with the various toppings and place
on a parchment-lined cookie sheet to set and dry.
Create different flavor pairings with various toppings
like a banana chips, a mix of pistachios and dried cherries.
Or, my personal favorite, a dusting of maldon salt.
Enjoy immediately or wrap in parchment paper
to store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Don't these look amazing? Once you wipe the drool off your keyboard, try making this