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Caramelized apple, simple recipe and tips for excellent preparation. Whole or in pieces, recipes and tips.
Caramel Apples: Candy Apple vs Caramel Apple
There are two versions ofcandy apples, perhaps, the one we know best is the Candy Apple, thecaramelized appleEnglish. Candy Apple is an apple covered with a layer of crystallized sugar and syrup, with a bright red color.
In the United States, caramelized apple is also calledTaffy Apple or Caramel Appleand consists of an apple dipped in hot caramel and left to cool. Prepare thecaramel appleat home, in general, it is simpler: just melt the caramel per-purchased and then dip the fruit inside.
Therecaramel appleit must be consumed before the external caramel solidifies completely otherwise it becomes more difficult and harder to eat.
Thecaramel applesthey have become very popular in different areas of the globe, to be prepared on the occasion of the Halloween holiday to decorate apples. Peanuts or chopped hazelnuts, white or milk chocolate flakes are added to the caramel layer ...
Caramelized apple, simple recipe
Thecandy applesthat we find on the market at fairs and duringapple festivals, they see a coating given by sugar (white or brown sugar), corn syrup, water,cinnamonand red food coloring.
Thererecipethat we will see is a lotsimpleand will help you preparecaramelized apples without food coloring. Treat yourself to the luxury of avoiding unnecessary ingredients, caramelized apple is beautiful as it is! The samerecipecan be applied for the preparation ofcaramelized apples in pieces.
For thecaramelized apples in piecesyou can very well use the sticks used for the skewers. On the contrary, for thecandy appleswhole, you will need to purchase special food sticks that are thicker and stronger and have a rectangular base, the same sticks used to make cotton candy.
To get an idea, I refer you to the Amazon page "Sticks for candy floss and caramelized apples" which shows the pastry skewers, used for waffles, fruit trays, caramelized apples and cotton candy.
Which apples to caramelize?
The ideal apple variety for the preparation ofcandy applesand theGranny Smithwhich is most used in Australia, the UK, Japan and Canada, the Fuji apple is equally suitable.
- Fuji apples
- Granny Smith
Baked caramelized apples
If you've come this far looking for onesimple recipeof thecandy apples, then the preparation in the oven is the one for you. The result is aesthetically very different but the flavor is just as tasty.
You will need 4 red apples and 4 large spoons of rice malt, or honey or barley malt.
After washing the apples thoroughly, cut the upper part down to the stalk (the upper part must remain attached). Pour the rice malt over the apples, taking care to let the fluid also penetrate inside the apple, in your cut.
Cook the caramelized apple in a preheated oven at 200 ° for 20 minutes.
Caramelized apples, traditional recipe
With us in Italy, caramelized apples are prepared according to a slightly modified recipe compared to the original which involves the use of corn syrup. For the Italian recipe, please refer to the pagehow to make caramelized apples. For the traditional simple recipe, the ingredients you need are:
- 8 apples
- 2 cups of sugar
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon of red food coloring
Optional ingredients: a few drops of clove extract and / or cinnamon powder.
- Wash the apples and remove any waxed surface layer.
- Insert the stick into each apple and let them dry well.
- Mix the sugar, water, corn syrup and food coloring.
- Place the ingredients on the stove and bring to a boil. You will need a saucepan with a very thick bottom to avoid burning the caramelized layer.
- Once it has boiled, lower the heat to a minimum and let it boil until it reaches 290 ° C. ***
- Add the essence of cloves or cinnamon.
- Quickly coat the apples with your hot caramel and let them cool on a sheet of baking paper.
*** A cooking thermometer can be bought with a cost of about 10 euros, it is convenient and you can use it in different recipes. If you are not going to buy it, to understand when it is time to stop cooking the caramel, just take a little caramel and let it sink into a glass full of cold water. If the caramel solidifies and becomes semi-rigid, then it's perfect! If the caramel is still very fragile and tends to break down, then you will need to continue cooking.
Thecandy applesthey can also be prepared inmicrowavebut in this case it is more difficult: the ingredients are the same but it will be necessary to stop cooking the caramel every 5 minutes in order to mix and check its consistency. Again, you can use a glass of cold water to understand when the caramel is ready.