Monday, July 8, 2013

adventures in: wildlife & candy apple slices

With the long 4 day weekend behind me, I'm starting off Monday pretty well. The hardest part about adjusting is waking up before 6:00am again. This weekend I did a lot of shopping, a lot of crafting, movie watching and cooking. It's amazing how much you can accomplish when you don't have work on the mind.

One adventure we took was to a cute little Wild life Learning Center. It's so small we walked the whole thing in 15 minutes. But babe got to pet a lizard, talk to parrots, see the cutest monkey and tell the alligator that he had and alligator on his shirt.



My other "adventure"... making candy apple slices! I was SO excited about this, because they are slices so it should be that much easier right... ummm... NO. So when I cook or bake I usually have a really bad habit of not being prepared, I always have to reach for a spoon in the middle of something or I forgot an ingredient that just so happens to be ALL the way in the back of the cupboard, stuff like that. But this time I had everything ready to go.

 
It started out as a breeze, got the apples washed, sliced and sticked. But then it came to the caramel and it went downhill from there. I started at 3 minutes, stirred at 2 minutes, then turned my back for, seriously, no more than 5 to 10 seconds and it was bubbling all over the place! So there I was working with a messy, hot bowl. After the apples were coated with caramel, I put them in the freezer while I melted the white chocolate, maybe 10 minutes. And when I tried to pull the slices off the wax paper, it was stuck! So about 25% of the caramel ended up being stuck on the stupid paper. The chocolate went a lot smother, which is crazy because I usually hate working with chocolate melt's, but that is nothing compared to working with caramel. After dipping each slice it chocolate, I sprinkled graham cracker crumbs and blue sprinkles.
 

The end result "looks" delicious right! They were ok... something went wrong! I put them in the fridge after this picture and when I ate one, 2 hours later, I noticed some of the caramel had settled at the bottom of the plate! They still look pretty and taste good, but during the whole process I lost half my caramel.

Does anybody have any tips for working with caramel?

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5 comments:

  1. Never worked with caramel so I can't help you there. They look good though.

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  2. Hey Sarah, thanks for popping by Gypsy in Jasper.

    I have no caramel tips for you, but I love the idea of these. All of the elements together sound like an amazing combo. Good for you for attempting it.

    I just posted yesterday about my failures in the kitchen yesterday. I suck something fierce! HA.

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  3. I don't have any tips for working with carmael :\ But those LOOK AMAZING! I hate it when recipes don't turn out like I pictured them.

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  4. These look so delicious and much more manageable that the traditional caramel apple!

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  5. the result looks perfect...sounds weired but you can use sandpaper if you coat whole apples (http://www.thekitchn.com/caramel-apple-tip-bust-out-the-155950) ... maybe this kind of works with sliced ones, too, if they are not to wet? many greetings, noni!

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