Why You Should Make The Best Caramel Apple Recipe Right Now
Last week, I showed everyone how easy it is to make homemade microwave caramel right in your microwave- cutting out the constant stirring over a hot stove (and saving you lots of time).
One of the best applications for this amazingly delicious and easy caramel is to use it for making caramel apples. Today’s caramel apples are much more flamboyant that the simple apple dipped in caramel of yesteryear. Folks often go far beyond the single layer of caramel to add layers of chocolate, nuts and candy on top, creating a gourmet delight. In the last few years, one recipe in particular has floated to the top as the most delicious, most delectable, most yummy one of them all. Of course I’m going to share it with you. And the story starts in (of all places) Disney World!
A few years ago, a Disney World copycat recipe for ‘Apple Pie Caramel Apples’ began circulating online thanks to this new thing called food blogging :0) So I’m definitely not the first blogger to share this recipe, but I imagine there are a lot of you out there who haven’t yet tried an apple pie caramel apple. At first to me it sounded kinda, “Meh” when someone told me about it. I’ve had caramel apples before that were made with store bought caramels and weren’t anything to write home about. However, when I got together with some friends to make ‘Apple Pie Caramel Apples’ and finally tasted one: oh my goodness! It was amazing!!
Somehow the flavor combinations of apple with homemade caramel (which is MUCH much better tasting that melted down store bought caramel), good quality white chocolate, and cinnamon sugar is really incredible. Much better than it sounds. Seriously, don’t deny yourself this wonderful treat any longer! And now it’s so easy if you use my simple Easy Microwave Caramel Recipe.
If you’ve never made caramel apples before, listen up.
It’s not at all complicated, but I want to share a few tips I learned just from a little practice that will ensure successful caramel apple making:
- Wash/scrub your apples well, and blanch them before dipping. This cuts down on pesky bubbles that can form after you dip the apples in caramel.
- Make sure you have parchment paper or silicone nonstick baking mats.
- Use good quality chocolate, like Ghirardelli melting wafers or Guittard white chocolate chips (not Wilton, sorry).
- Lay your parchment paper on a baking sheet, so you can easily move the apples in and out of the fridge.
- Work quickly when dipping, both the caramel and chocolate cool fast.
- For both layers, scrape the bottom of the apple against the rim of the bowl avoid a giant ‘foot’ of coating under the apple.
If you find the caramel is hardening/cooling too much, just cover it up with plastic wrap and place it in the microwave again for about 30 seconds to 1 minute to loosen it up.
The chocolate needs to be very hot and runny to make a nice thin second layer. If the chocolate isn’t thin enough, it will make a thick layer on the apple that will begin to sag in spots and it doesn’t look very pretty anymore, especially after you’ve sprinkled it with cinnamon sugar. You’ll know it’s ready when it drizzles quickly from a spoon, not dripping in glops. You can see a little of that in the shadow of the apple below. IF you can’t find Ghirardelli white melting wafers, white chocolate chips will do in a pinch, just stir in a spoonfull of coconut oil to help thin it to the right consistency. A 4 cup measuring cup is the perfect size and depth for dipping apples.
Here’s the finished masterpiece. Homemade caramel (that tastes like Werther’s original) surrounded with a layer of delicious white chocolate dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Some recipes will add an additional layer of crushed graham cracker, but I like them just like this :0) You will have chocolate and caramel left over from making these. May I suggest apple nachos? Just drizzle the leftovers over sliced apples and enjoy! You can save your pretty apples on a stick for gifts to give away.
I am seriously so glad that fall is here! Relief from the scorching Albuquerque summer temps is so welcome. Monsoon season, I will miss you~goodbye until next year. You guys seriously gotta give these apples a try! Get together with a friend and have a fun time creating these. Wrapped in a treat bag and tied with a bow, they make amazing little gifts to give away and brighten someone else’s day!
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