Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! I am literally so excited about this post! I have wanted to make caramel apples for the blog for a long time now and just have never gotten around to it. I finally decided to grab some granny smith apples at Whole Foods a couple of nights ago and decided to make these apples for you!
I love how they turned out. I was so excited while I was editing these photos that I could not stop grinning because of how good the pictures turned out! The apples ended up taking a long time to make so by the time I was able to shoot the recipe the sun was already setting. Thankfully, I had enough light to show off the glow of the caramel. I love the candy effect that these caramel apples have. They just scream Fall and Halloween.
I was contemplating adding in some extra toppings to the apples such as nuts or chocolate, but I honestly just like the caramel apples plain and I was worried that the extra topping would distract from the beauty of this caramel. So, I chose not to, but if you decide to make these caramel apples feel free to add whatever toppings you would like!
I chose to use chopsticks in this recipe because I had some in my kitchen and they worked well. I was originally going to just use one chopstick for the center of the apples, but you really need two to stabilize the apple while dipping. You can also use any type of apple that you like. I personally am partial to granny smith because of the tartness and I really like the green hue of the skin when dunked into the caramel. You can get a little hint of that green that shines through the caramel coating and it really reminds me of Halloween. It also cuts the sweetness of the caramel by adding some tartness to every bite of apple.
I hope you like this recipe! I did receive some caramel from Chocoley that I used in this recipe and I also made my own thick caramel sauce so I will leave links for both down below. I really did like the Chocoley caramel because it makes the process so much easier and it cuts down on the prep time quite a lot! Their caramel was much thicker than mine, so if you like a very thick coating of caramel go with their product.
To make these apples simply heat up your caramel sauce either over a double boiler or in the microwave, place your chopsticks into the top of your apples and then dunk each apple into the caramel. I actually used a hammer to smash the chopsticks into the tops of the apples. Take care to remove the stems first before you do this step. A draining rack comes in handy during the dipping process to cut down on time especially if you are dipping a lot of apples. Repeat this process depending on how thick you want your caramel coating to be. Once the desired thickness is achieved, set aside to decorate to your hearts desired or leave them plain as I did here. Enjoy!
Thick Salted Caramel Sauce
- Measuring spoons and cups
- heavy bottom pot
- 700 Grams Sugar
- 228 Grams Glucose
- 700 Grams Cream
- 150 Grams Butter
- 2 Grams Baking soda
- 4 Grams Fleur de Sel
- Begin by gathering and measuring all ingredients. Place sugar into a heavy bottom pot followed with enough water to just cover the sugar, and the glucose. If you don't have glucose you can also use honey or corn syrup.
- Heat the sugar mixture over medium-high or high heat until the sugar starts to caramelize and darken- about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and then quickly mix in the baking soda and then add in the cream and butter. If your caramel breaks during this process dont worry, just keep gently mixing the caramel until everything comes together. I switched to a large whisk for this process. Finish with fleur de sel and place it into a heatproof container or use immediately. If you are using this caramel for caramel apples, allow the caramel to completely cool before dipping your apples. Enjoy!
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Happy baking everyone!