It’s October, the month of Pumpkin spice 🎃, Halloween 👻 and falling leaves 🍁
It’s also time for another baking challenge from Sally’s Baking Addiction, and she set us the task of making homemade caramel apples.🍏
This turned out to be quite easy, and the best part is this caramel sauce, which is great on EVERYTHING 😋
To make the caramel sauce: First add the heavy cream, light corn syrup, brown sugar, butter and salt in a heavy bottom sauce pan
Stir over medium high heat until all the components are mixed and the butter is melted
At this point stop stirring, insert a candy thermometer and heat until 235F. The caramel will bubble up the sides of the pot, using a pastry brush and cold water, brush down the sides of the pot, every so often, to prevent sugar crystals from forming in the sauce.
It can take a bit for the caramel to get to 235F (also known as the soft ball stage) so be patient! Don’t walk away or turn up the heat.
The following images are the progression of the sauce as it made its way to 235F
While the sauce cooled and thickened, the apples were prepped. For me, this was the hard part😂 Getting those sticks in the apples was a little harder than I thought it would be!
Apples purchased in the store usually have a wax coating which needs to be removed to help the caramel stick to the surface. Even so, after they were washed, scrubbed and dried, there were still slippage issues! I ended up double dipping them in the sauce.
Time to dip!
This is a pretty messy process, so I made sure to wear one of the aprons sent to me by my blog buddies!!
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This was the end of the challenge, and the apples tasted pretty great. But, I decided to go another step further and dip them in chocolate 🍫
This was messy but quite tasty😋
Looking forward to the holidays and whatever Sally has in store for us!!!