Saturday, February 24, 2024

Caramel Apple Dip – Sugar Spun Run


This selfmade caramel apple dip is made 100% from scratch with actual caramelized sugar–no condensed milk or brown sugar shortcuts! It’s thick, shiny, and tastes so significantly better than the store-bought variety.

Dish of caramel apple dip being stirred with a spoon.

Do-it-yourself Caramel Dip

This caramel apple dip is ideal for while you’re craving a type of gourmand, old style caramel apples, however don’t need the effort of constructing a complete batch. It’s a enjoyable dessert dip that’s mostly loved within the fall, however now you can also make it any time the caramel apple craving strikes!

What’s to like:

  • No sweetened condensed milk or brown sugar shortcuts. Don’t get me fallacious, these have a time and a spot (good day, Millionaire’s shortbread)! Nevertheless, for this recipe I needed to ship a actual deal, true caramel.
  • The lazy lady(/man’s) information to caramel apples. Have you ever ever made “actual” caramel apples earlier than? Truthfully, they’re a ache within the butt. If you would like the style however might do with out the fuss, this recipe is for you.
  • Not only for apples! I embrace just a few different dipping recommendations beneath, we love graham crackers!

In the present day’s recipe is fairly much like my caramel sauce, shut sufficient that I virtually didn’t submit it, however after dipping almost a bushel-worth of apple slices by way of it prior to now month, I believed it was price sharing by itself. It’s ever so barely modified to be thicker and glossier, ideally suited for dipping somewhat than one for drizzling over ice cream or cheesecake, however the method and the concept are the identical.

It’s nonetheless not fairly thick sufficient to make the old style caramel apples although; see the FAQ part beneath for extra particulars.

What You Want

You may make selfmade caramel dip with simply 7 components! Most of those will look acquainted if you happen to’ve made my caramel sauce (not be be confused with my fast & straightforward salted caramel sauce, which is a bit completely different).

  • Sugar. In the present day’s recipe is a basic caramel, which implies it begins with granulated sugar. We’ll prepare dinner this down till it caramelizes into an exquisite golden caramel dip that’s excellent for apple slices!
  • Corn syrup. Whereas not all the time obligatory when making caramel, I add corn syrup to this caramel dip to forestall it from changing into grainy. Keep in mind, that is NOT the identical factor as excessive fructose corn syrup! Golden syrup may even work right here.
  • Water. A splash of water helps the sugar prepare dinner evenly and is useful for stopping crystallization from occurring whereas the caramel cooks.
  • Heavy cream. I add this on the finish of the cooking course of so the sugars have time to caramelize correctly. Make certain your cream is at room temperature earlier than you add it.
  • Vanilla and salt. Together with some unsalted butter, these two components improve the flavour of the caramel. I do embrace directions within the recipe notes beneath for adjusting the salt to make a salted caramel apple dip.

Additionally, you will want a sweet thermometer and a pastry brush. A sweet thermometer is important for realizing when your caramel reaches the suitable temperature and, finally, the suitable consistency. A pastry brush is beneficial for brushing away any sugar crystals that kind on the edges of the pot.

SAM’S TIP: This dip isn’t only for apples! We like to make use of it for graham crackers, pretzels and even sliced pears.

Keep in mind, that is simply an outline of the components I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll right down to the underside of the submit!

How one can Make Caramel Apple Dip

  1. Add the sugar, salt, water, and corn syrup to a saucepan over medium low warmth and stir sometimes till the sugar dissolves. If sugar crystals kind on the edges of the pot, use a humid pastry brush to brush them again into the pot.
  2. Enhance the warmth to medium and proceed stirring sometimes till the combination begins to boil. As soon as boiling, hold cooking till it turns a caramel coloration and reaches 340F (171C).
  3. Take away the pan from the warmth and really rigorously drizzle within the cream whereas stirring. This may trigger the caramel to bubble and sputter, so watch out!
  4. Add the butter one piece at a time, then stir within the vanilla. Let the caramel cool earlier than serving.

SAM’S TIP: I like to recommend that you just cease stirring as soon as the combination begins boiling to forestall sugar crystals from forming. The one exceptions to this rule can be if in case you have solely a skinny pan (not a heavy bottomed one), if in case you have struggled prior to now together with your caramel burning, or if you happen to discover that your stovetop warmth is inconsistent. You usually tend to find yourself with some graininess this fashion, however you’re additionally much less prone to find yourself with burnt caramel, so the tradeoff is price it in my view.

Steadily Requested Questions

Can I exploit this to make caramel apples?

This caramel is finest used for dipping apple slices–not coating entire apples. You’d want a a lot thicker and extra sturdy caramel for that. If that is one thing you’d prefer to see, simply go away me a remark beneath, and I’ll add it to my listing of reader recipe requests.

How lengthy does caramel apple dip final?

Caramel dip will final for as much as 10 days within the fridge, which can be shorter than the store-bought stuff, however I can guarantee you that this selfmade (preservative-free!) model often disappears effectively earlier than 10 days move.

Why is my dip runny?

This dip received’t fully solidify like a caramel sweet, but it surely shouldn’t be working off your apples. Whether it is, it possible simply wants to simply quiet down a bit of bit extra. In case your dip remains to be very runny after cooling, it’s possible you’ll not have cooked your caramel lengthy sufficient; I like to recommend rereading by way of the submit and ensuring you might have an correct sweet thermometer earlier than attempting once more.

What different fall recipes would you prefer to see? Let me know within the feedback beneath!

Get pleasure from!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video beneath! For those who do this recipe, you should definitely tag me on Instagram, and you can even discover me on YouTube and Fb

Caramel Apple Dip

This selfmade caramel apple dip is made 100% from scratch with actual caramelized sugar–no condensed milk or brown sugar shortcuts! It is thick, shiny, and tastes so significantly better than the store-bought variety.

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