Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Caramel Apples

We've been cooped up in the house with pneumonia for almost a month now. We have all turned the corner and are feeling better. Then end of this sickness is nearing--Praise Jesus!! And what does a family of 5 do while staying home all of that time. Lots of make-believe and snacks. One of my girls saw a recipe for these and wanted to make them. We didn't have all of the ingredients for scratch caramel in the house, but we did have caramel sheets! Who woulda thunk it? So, we made do.
Here is the recipe for the scratch version in case you had an inkling:
from Cooking Light
16 wooden sticks and small apples
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. water
2 c. half and half
2 t. vanilla
1/4 t. salt
Put sticks into apple centers. Place sugar, corn syrup, and water in a large saucepan; boil, stirring until dissolved. Boil, w/o stirring, 9 minutes. Combine half and half, vanilla, and salt; slowly stir into pan. Boil until candy thermometer reaches 325 (45 min), stirring frequently. Pour caramel into a bowl sitting in a hot water bath. Swirl apples in caramel, and place on baking sheet lined with wax paper.