Ok, so I admit it - if I could swallow my pride enough to do it; I could totally start my very own blog of pinterest attempts and fails. And by fail, I mean -- hurry up and shove it in the trash before anyone sees how terribly un-domestic I am when it comes to creating pretty stuff. Wait, did I just admit that?
Thankfully, these don't require pinterest skillz and actually look as amazing as they taste. Behold!
So, the obvious part: Wash and pat dry your apples. For this recipe, it makes 6 whole apples. So, cut them in half at the stem and use a melon baller to pull out the insides. It should take 4 swoops of the melon baller to create a hollow apple. Dip the apples in a bowl of cold water and lemon juice mixture. Then put them in the fridge. (Put the apple balls in a bowl and give them to your kids to keep them busy while you proceed) ;)
You are going to need a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk. And, you're going to have to trust me :)
Be sure that the lid on the can is the kind that you need a can opener to remove it. If it's a pull-tab; you will be re-painting your walls a special color called: edible caramel explosion.
This method of making caramel is called Dulce de Leche.
1. Take the label off the can and wipe off as much of the remaining glue as possible. Then, rinse the can with very cold water.
2. Place the can in an empty saucepan on its side and fill with cold water, completely submerging the can PLUS two inches of extra water (at least) on top. That extra two inches thing is pretty important. Have a ruler handy if you're not so great with measuring visually ;)
3. Put the burner on high until you see a light boil. Then turn it down to medium and allow it to simmer for 2.5 hours. Rotate the can every 30 minutes or so. If you are forgetful like me, set your timer and your iPhone alarm clock - but you've got some time to kill now, what are you going to do? Zumba? Dance party in your PJs?
4. Once your 2.5 hours is up, lay the can in your sink and let it cool off. Remember that the can is super hot aluminum. Once it has cooled to room temperature, open with a can opener and pour directly into apples. Then sprinkle with nuts or drizzle chocolate on top.
You can then put them back into the fridge to harden the caramel if you wish, but at this point they are ready to go.
Happy crowd pleasing!
Robin Slawnyk, Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger