My son loved caramel apples when he was growing up. He really liked it when we would hollow out an apple and fill it with fresh made, warm, gooey caramel sauce.
Here's the recipe we came up with so he could enjoy his caramel apples anytime he liked.
Equip You Need
- Sharp knife to scrape seeds out of the vanilla bean
- apple corer or something else to scoop out the middle of the apple(s)
- High powered blender or food processor
- Mason jar with lid or plastic wrap to cover the top
Ingredients You Need
- 4 small apples - with centers hollowed out to serve as "bowls"
- 10 to 12 unpitted medjool dates (roughly 150g with the pits)
- 6 to 8 raw almonds
- Seeds from 1/4 of a vanilla bean
- Salt to taste
- Water to soak the dates and nuts
How You Do It
- Drop the dates and nuts into the mason jar.
- Cover them with water then close the top of the jar.
- Set it in the fridge for at least 6 hours or over night.
- Drain the nuts & dates, reserving the water.
- Remove the pits from the dates.
- Toss the nuts and dates into your blender/processor and pulse to combine.
- Add a small amount of the water from soaking to help get things moving.
- Pulse then add water in small amount until you have a consistency you like.
- Add the vanilla bean seeds and a pinch of salt then blend again.
- Taste and adjust to your preference.
- When you like what have spoon it into the apple bowls and enjoy.
My son particularly likes to bake the apples first. Then fill with the "caramel", top with muenster and broil until the cheese is bubbly.
My husband likes to eat it right out of the bowl.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.