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December 15, 2012

Adult Caramel Apples

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

Usually we don’t endorse alcohol on the DEC blog but ’tis the season for having a party…A Barn Holiday Party perhaps? And what better way to serve your drinks in the form of a yummy, buttery caramel apple slice!

PREP TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 4-5 hours

Makes 40 Apple Slice Shots

Fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
5 apples (Granny Smith work best)
1/2 cup water
1 envelope caramel or regular hot chocolate or mix
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk or coconut milk
1/4 cup caramel sauce
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup vodka

Cut the apples in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller, scoop out the inside of the apples. Brush lemon juice onto cut apples to reduce browning and place in fridge.

Make filling: In a medium saucepan, combine water with hot chocolate mix and whisk until the cocoa dissolves. Add evaporated milk and caramel sauce and whisk again to combine. Sprinkle gelatin onto mixture evenly and allow to sit about 2 minutes. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally, until it just reaches a gentle simmer — this is to ensure gelatin is fully dissolved.

Add sugar and simmer gently for about a minute. Turn off the heat and let mixture cool to warm. Add vodka. Transfer to a container with a spout.

Fill each apple cup with caramel jello mixture. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight.

To serve, place apples flesh-down (Jello down) on cutting board. Cut lengthwise in half, then in half again. Trim off any brown parts with a paring knife. Serve immediately.

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