Recipes such as this blooming apple and home made caramel sauce really makes me think of fall, so I figured this would be the perfect time to post this. So, lucky for you, two recipes in one this week. The blooming apple recipe I found on Pinterest and thought that it was rather genius. They made it sound like it would just fall and be beautiful while baking, but it doesn’t quite work out that way. Also, I should add, I have been asked if I feel guilty posting recipes I find intriguing on Pinterest. My reply is absolutely not! I give credit where I find it and besides, I have said this before, but I feel it is my obligation to report back to you on the recipes you may have wondered about making yourself.
As for the caramel recipe, I have been making this for years. I used it on the blooming apple, but I have also used it as an ice cream topping, caramel bars, and a drizzle for caramel apples. With that said, it does not set up like a caramel apple would, which is why I use it as a drizzle.
Caramel Sauce – 4 Cups
2 C sugar, 3/4 C butter, 2 C whipping cream, 1 C light corn syrup, 1/2 salt and 1 tsp. vanilla
Heat all ingredients except salt and vanilla to boiling in a 2 qt. or larger double boiler over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once ingredients are incorporated, turn heat down slightly and boil for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is a dark amber color.
Stir in Vanilla and salt. Serve right away warm or store in the refrigerator and heat up when needed. Will keep a couple of months in the refrigerator.
Blooming Apple – serves 2
2 large honey crisp apples or something sweet and tart at the same, 3 TB brown sugar, 4 caramels, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tb flour and 2 tb butter.
Slice 1/4 top horizontally off the top of the apple. Scoop out the core with a melon ball or small teaspoon. Then use a thin knife to make two deep circular cuts around the center of the apple. Next, turn the apple over and make narrow cuts all the way around the apple. flip it back over and add unwrapped caramel to the center.
Heat butter and brown sugar in the microwave just until melted roughly 30 seconds. Stir and heat more if necessary. Remove from microwave and stir in flour and cinnamon. Divide mixture over the top of the two sliced apples. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and use a large spoon to move the apple from the pan to a plate or bowl. You may have to help spread the apple slices out. I drizzled mine caramel sauce and added whipped cream and cinnamon but ice cream would be good too for a dessert.
I am including the website where I got the blooming apple from since they do a great job of showing how to cut the apple if you need.