Fall is the favorite time of year at our house. My husband and I were married in the fall, our first daughter was born in the fall, our family enjoys being outdoors in the fall.
One our favorite things to do is to go apple picking. We make our yearly pilgrimage up into the blue ridge mountains, deep in the heart of apple country. There we enjoy the crisp fall air, beautiful mountain scenes and freshly picked apples from the orchard.
Having a rather large number of freshly picked apples in my possession, I thought it wise to make use of them, hence the following recipe:
Makes 10 -12
What You’ll Need:
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- Dash salt
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 to 12 Popsicle sticks
- 10 to 12 medium tart apples, washed and dried
- 1 cup chopped, salted pecans
- 1. In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter. Add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage).
- 2. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
- 3. Insert Popsicle sticks into apples.
- 4. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat.
- 5. Dip bottom of apples into pecans. Place on greased waxed paper until set.
- Makes: 10-12 apples.