There's no treat more synonymous with fall than the caramel apple. Check out our tips for mastering how to make this iconic autumn sweet, then read on for some creative variations on the classic. Can't get enough of the apple's sweet-tart goodness? Then take at look at some of our all-time favorite apple pie recipes.
Making caramel or candied apples at home might seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. With our simple step-by-step instructions, you'll quickly master this classic and festive fall treat.
Start by placing popsicle sticks or whatever other implements you might be using into the tops of the apples, right where the stem would attach. Then chill in the refrigerator until ready to use (the caramel will set up more quickly on cold fruit).
Making caramel sauce is supposedly one of the most difficult, finicky tasks in the pastry kitchen. It's true that you can't take your eyes off of it, but as long as you watch it closely you can master homemade caramel.
First, choose a heavy, flat-bottomed saucepan (don't use nonstick for this), and make sure your pan is spotlessly clean — otherwise you will end up with a recrystallized, clumpy mess. Place all of your ingredients into the bottom of the pan. Some caramel recipes are pure sugar while others call for a mix of granulated sugar, corn syrup, and other ingredients. However you like yours, stir as little as possible during the cooking process. It's fine to scrape down the sides a bit with a spatula to avoid sugar burning on the side of the pot, but otherwise leave it alone as much as possible.