Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Caramel Apples

This is my first attempt at a Tasty Tuesday post. I thought about posting on the chocolate angel food cake I made in celebration of Mary's birthday last week. It was suggested in Marian Devotions in the Domestic Church and I used the recipe there, but you can find all sorts of similar ones online. Delicious! The key with angel food cake (based on my vast experience with the two I've made) is to use fresh eggs (we have our own chickens), a PowerAid mixer (oh, how I love mine!) and to use a real angel food cake pan. My kids are ambivalent about angel food cake, but they ate up the chocolate kind so we're sticking with the cocoa from now on.

If I'm going to post for Tasty Tuesday more often, I'm going to have to work on my food photography skills. Seriously lacking.

I'm really posting another tasty recipe, though: caramel apples! The key to scrumptious caramel apples is making your own caramel. Do not be afraid! It's very simple, if a little time consuming.

I used my Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book (Better Homes & Gardens Plaid), which is always being updated, revised, changed and re-released, so I don't even know what version I have any more. I found the exact same recipe online, however, here. I'll let you go there for the recipe (or your own cookbook) because I have a phobia about putting other people's recipes on my blog. Instead, I'll sum it up for you:

1. Melt half a pound of butter.

2. Mix in vast amounts of sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Heat until bubbly.

3. Continue to boil until the caramel reaches 248 degrees F (about 15 - 20 minutes).

4. Mix in vanilla.

5. Dip your apples!

A few tips:

1. This is a fantastic way to use yummy apples that you've grown or picked. Any small blemishes, because they are real apples, will be covered by the caramel.

2. Do not, I repeat, do not unwrap and melt store-bought caramels. Just don't.

3. Do not make this recipe too often. (See the ingredient list.)

4. A candy thermometer is essential to successful caramel, and any candy-making. They are not very expensive and are a wise investment because you also need them to make lemon meringue pie. I've never made lemon meringue pie, but one day I may and I will be glad to have my candy thermometer.

5. Be prepared to stay by the stove and keep an eye on your boiling pot. Or, ask your husband to do so while you check your email.

6. The recipe says to pour the caramel into a pan to firm up. I just dip my apples then and pour what's left into a small pan.

7. Caramel apples are best prepared for a party or gathering of some sort. Otherwise you'll realize you've eaten ten caramel apples in three days and wonder why your teeth and stomach ache a little bit...as you're reaching for an eleventh. (See #3.)

If you're looking for some more tasty recipes, click over to City Wife, Country Life for Tasty Tuesday.


  1. This post had me ROARING!!! You've got a great sense of humor, friend!

  2. Yum! One day I will try this. And I already have my candy thermometer...

  3. Sounds amazing! I've never made caramel apples, but I love them. Thanks for the recipe. :)

  4. Michelle, it's not nearly as great as your post on your first attempt at making jam. I think I cried I laughed so hard when I read that post.

    Tori and Jenna, thanks for coming by. I hope you do try to make your own caramel. You'll never go back!

  5. I've had two spill-overs with homemade caramel and it took weeks to scrape it up each time. Working without a candy thermometer was my downfall.

    I'm armed with the necessary tools and you've inspired me to give it another go. Those look fantastic.

    Thanks so much for participating!!


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