Caramel Apples and Pears
- Yield 12 servings
The petite Lady apples and Seckel pears are just right for making kid-sized caramel treats.
- 12 natural licorice sticks, cinnamon sticks, or bamboo skewers, each 6 inches long
- 6 Lady apples, stems removed
- 6 Seckel pears, stems removed
- 2 cups granola
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons water
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Insert a licorice stick, cinnamon stick or bamboo skewer into the stem end of each apple and pear. Spread the granola on a baking sheet; reserve. Have ready one or more cooling racks or a large sheet of parchment paper for cooling the caramel fruits.
- In a saucepan over low heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract and water. Cook, stirring, until the sugar melts. Add the butter and cream, raise the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the caramel registers 240 F on a candy thermometer, about 10 minutes.Remove from the heat and let cool for two minutes.
- One at a time, dip the apples and pears in the caramel, twirling and swirling them to coat completely. Dip the tops in the granola to coat them, then transfer to the cooling rack or parchment paper to cool. As the apples and pears cool, the caramel will set. Store the caramel apples and pears, wrapped in cellophane if desired, in a cool, dry place until ready to serve or up to 2 days.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Donata Maggipinto’s Halloween Treats (Chronicle Books LLC, 1998), courtesy of the U.S. Apple Association