One of my favorite things about Fall is Apple Harvest Season! Just the thought of sipping hot apple cider or having the house smell like fresh baked apple pie warms my heart and has me yearning for a trip to the apple orchard. If you're planning to head out for some apple picking soon, I have an easy and delicious recipe that both children and adults will love! This yummy treat brings a whole new twist to eating caramel apples - Enjoy!
Inside out caramel apples slices - Yum!
Lemon juice from 1 lemon
5 apples (I use medium to large Granny Smith Apples)
1/2 cup water
1 envelope carmel hot chocolate mix
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (coconut milk can be used for a non dairy substitute)
1/4 cup Hershey's caramel sauce
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water OR vodka, butterscotch schnapps or brandy
1. Cut 5 Granny Smith Apples in half lengthwise.
Firm, crisp, tart apples are best for this recipe.
2. Using a small paring knife, cut an even border around the outer edge of the apple.
3. Using a melon baller, follow your outline to remove the middle of the apple.
Try to keep a clean edge when removing the apple core.
After removing the core, the apple should look smooth for best results.
4. Use a pastry brush and apply lemon juice to keep apple from turning brown.
5. In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water with one envelope of hot chocolate caramel mix.
6. Whisk until mix dissolves.
7. Add 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk.
8. Add 1/4 cup store-bought caramel sauce.
9. Sprinkle 1 envelope of gelatin onto mixture evenly. After it has soaked a few minutes, heat the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally, until it reaches a gentle simmer - this is to ensure gelatin is fully dissolved.
10. Add 1/4 cup of sugar.
11. Then add 3/4 cup of water OR schnapps, vodka or brandy.
12. Prep the apples by drying the lemon juice out with a towel - this is important because the caramel mixture won't stick to the lemon juice.
13. Place apples on a cup cake tin to steady them before pouring in the hot mixture. Put the caramel mixture into a small pitcher to make it easier to pour. Fill each apple cup to about 1/8 inch from the top.
14. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight. This is how they should look once taken out of the refrigerator.
15. To slice, place apples face down on cutting board.
Make sure your knife is very sharp and cut in one clean slice.
16. These tasty treats are real crowd pleaser - Bon Appetite!