Making Caramel Apples
Autumn awakens memories of caramel apples, that special indulgence enjoyed at a country fair. With some coated in nuts and others with bits of candy, choosing between them could be agonizing.
Homemade caramel apples are a delicious way to welcome the fall season, and making them at home is easier than you might imagine. Simply melt the caramel in a double boiler over low heat on the stovetop, or in a bowl in the microwave. Insert a wooden stick into the stem end of each apple, dip the fruit into the caramel, and roll in chopped candies and nuts. That's all there is to it.
For a variety of tastes and colors, try a combination of sweet red and tart green apples. Farm stands and farmers' markets are a great source for unusual heirloom apples, such as the wine-like Baldwin or the fragrant Cox Orange Pippin. Use these heirloom varieties for caramel apples that could only be made in your kitchen.