Well it’s here; Fall that is… *deep sigh*
I woke up this morning and as I was getting my ingredients out I happened to look out into our yard and saw our 2 no-longer babies baby deer sleeping in the yard. See these twins have been with us for the past 3 years and live on our property. It’s to the point where I can get to about 10′ away before *I* get freaked out and get those flashes of getting attacked by one (thanks Funniest Home Videos for that fear…you know the one I’m talking about people where the hunter gets clocked by a buck and the buck goes all ballistic on him and beats the crap out of the hunter.. yeah, that video!).
Anyway as I was standing there watching them it happened…
leaves were falling…
like A LOT of ’em.
*exhale deep sigh*
Now don’t get me wrong as I do love the change in seasons as that indicates it’s time for BooFest (our annual Halloween bash) and more comfort foods, followed by All-Clad Factory Sale in December *YEAH!!!* then Christmas 🙂
With Fall also comes pumpkins and apples; two ingredients that I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE! That got me to thinking about one of recipes I make a bajillion times during the Fall Season as it’s one of Mr. Fantabulous’ favorites… Candied Apples. So simple to make, really, and the smile he gets on his gorgeous face when he sees these on the table is priceless.
Those of you that are having Fall weddings, instead of going with the traditional bags of mints, why not go with these? Tie a pretty bow around the sticks to match your colors and this is definitely something that would stick out with your guests!
- 16 Apples
- 16 Popsicle sticks
- 2–3 drops of Food Gel Paste – I’m going with Red
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup lite corn syrup
- 6 cups white sugar
- candy thermometer
- chopped nuts (optional)
- Make sure apples are at room temperature.
- Wash the apples in warm water and dry them with paper towels.
- Remove the stems from the apples.
- Insert a popsicle stick into each apple (where the stem was removed).
- Place lightly sprayed parchment paper lined cookie sheets on your counter to hold finished candy apples.
- In a saucepan over medium heat add white sugar, water and lite corn syrup–stir and make sure that you keep stirring until all of the sugar has dissolved.
- Continue stirring and heating until candy thermometer gets to 300 degrees.
- Once at 300 degrees, remove saucepan from heat and quickly add a few drops of red food coloring–stir.
- Start with the first apple–dip it into the candy mixture and coat the apple.
- Once coated, dip quickly into the chopped nuts (optional).
- Place coated apple stick side up on prepared cookie sheets.
- Continue with all apples.
- When you get near the end, you may need to reheat the candy mixture.
- You may also need to tilt the saucepan and use a spoon to help coat the last few apples.
- Once cooled, wrap candy apples in clear cellophane and use a twist tie to keep the air out. Saran Wrap and other plastic wraps tend to stick to the apples so we don’t recommend using them.
To make cinnamon apples add 1 cup of red hot candies when the mixture is at 250F. Gently stir and continue cooking until the temperature is between 285 and 300F on the candy thermometer.
The best Food Gel Paste to use!