Friday, January 24, 2014

Making Caramel Apples

Baking and creating yummy food is one of my passions. If only I wasn't teaching full time, I would have more time to do it! For Christmas this year I decided to make caramel apples. I took a class a couple years ago on dipping apples at Gygi Culinary Store in SLC, and hadn't even had a chance to practice my new knowledge until this year. What a shame! But this year was the year to finally do it! 

First, you melt the caramel in a deep dish pot for about 3-4 hours on low, at 200 degrees. 
The kind of caramel that I used for my apples is Peter's. It is really good and does the job well!
Then, you prepare the apples. It is best to buy organic apples without all the wax on them. If you have apples with wax then they need to be soaked and scrubbed. You can then dry them and stick them with wooden sticks. 
 Then you dip the apples in the hot caramel. Make sure you twirl them around for a good 20 seconds to throw off any excess caramel and then take a butter knife and scrape off all the caramel on the bottom of the apple. This will make it so the caramel  doesn't skirt out. As the apple sits, the caramel will start to fall to the bottom so scraping the bottom clean before hand will make it turn out just perfect. 

I bought all different kinds of candy for the apples. You can use anything really. I used Butterfingers, Snickers, and Oreos. I used Symphony chocolate for the chocolate designs on the outside and some fancy white chocolate. Apple pie apples are good too. That one is dipped in caramel, dipped in white chocolate, and then sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg. Yum!
 You roll the apple into the bowls of candy until the apple is covered nicely and set it on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper to harden. Put in the fridge to set up. 
I wrapped my apples in little plastic bags and tied them with curly ribbon. I also melted some white and milk chocolate and drizzled it on the outside. You melt the chocolate, put into a Ziploc bag, clip one of the corners, and then drizzle away. Then I went around and made my deliveries. 
Happy apple making! :)

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