Caramel. Just about my favourite thing in the world. I’d even say that if it came down to a fight, chocolate would get battered by the butter/sugar/cream combo. For some reason I thought that these Caramel Apples from the first Matt Lewis and Rene Poliafito book would be glass-shatter crack style toffee – um, like those neon commercial ones. Instead they were fudgy-sticky.
They were still good. The caramel coats the fruit like a thin veneer and you get a mixture of buttery sweetness and the sharp apple taste in each mouthful. I used Cox apples but they could have been more crisp, by the time I got around to making them, a couple of days later than planned. It was also a bit late to add lollipop sticks to the long order of baking supplies that I put in last week so I found kebab skewers in the local pound shop (they’ve got to be food safe, right?) and used three in each apple which worked a treat.
I used a mixture of vanilla essence (not seeds infused into cream as they suggest) and a little maple in the caramel which gave a heady smell, and added cinnamon sugar. Lots of flavours but they all blended beautifully. As you can see, there was plenty left over afterwards to scoop off the parchment too.
- 10 medium apples, preferably a tart variety
- 1 cup double cream
- ½ tsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
- ½ cup caster sugar
- ½ light brown cinnamon sugar
- ¼ cup light corn syrup
- 1 ½ tbsp unsalted butter
- Wash and dry the apples, and insert skewers, and prepare a large bowl of iced water
- Place all ingredients in a small heavy saucepan, stir and allow the sugar and butter to melt
- Monitoring it with a sugar thermometer, bring the temperature to 245F, without stirring the mixture, and keep it at that level for 1 minute
- Remove the pot from the heat and put in the ice water for 30 seconds to halt the cooking process
- Tilt the pan, and dip your skewered apples quickly, then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment
- Put them in the fridge for at least 10 mins to set
- Wrap in parchment for transportation to scary film night.