Apple Hill – it’s this quaint area about an hour from us. Up in the foothills. Lots of character, mature trees, beautiful. It’s home to the Harvest run, Apple Blossom festival, wineries, and of course a million different apple growers. Paul and I got married there.
Haley’s kindergarten class had a field trip there a couple weeks ago. Trevor’s preschool went there the month prior. And we usually make a family outing at the beginning of the Fall season.
Needless to say, we’ve been eating apples like nobody’s business. And my apple radar has been on high alert when reading through all my favorite blogs. I can’t even remember which one led me to this creation. But so I arrived. And so I made them. Stat.
I almost…almost stopped here –
…but I went all the way. Waited patiently for them to chill in the fridge, so I could cut them. Perhaps a fun Thanksgiving appetizer, me thinks.
Inside Out Caramel Apple Slices
Makes 24 slices
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cool time: 20 minutes
• 3 large Granny Smith apples (or any apple of your choice)
• 1 large lemon
• 2 cups caramel squares, unwrapped
• 2 tablespoons corn syrup
• 1/4 cup chopped pecans
• Chocolate sauce (optional)
Cut your apples in half and use a melon baller to scoop out the insides, leaving the walls intact at about 1/2 to 1/4 inch thickness.
Squeeze the juice from the lemon onto the apples and allow to set. (This will keep them from turning brown right away.)
To make the caramel sauce, melt the caramel squares in a sauce pan over low heat, with the corn syrup. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
Using a paper towel, wipe your apples down, removing the lemon juice as much as possible. If the inside of your apple is too wet, the caramel wont stick.
Pour the caramel into the hollowed out apples until just below the top. Sprinkle with pecans.
Chill in the refrigerator until the caramel has set, about 20 minutes. Cut into slices and drizzle with chocolate sauce, if desired.
Note: these are sticky and messy. Just like any good caramel apple should be :D
(originally from Domestic Fits)