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Caramel Apple Dip

This caramel apple dip is so easy to make and is the perfect appetizer! If you buy store-bought caramel sauce, then it can be ready in about five minutes. However, many of the ready-made caramel sauces contain a ton of artificial preservatives and flavorings.

You can make your own homemade caramel sauce that is delicious and so worth the extra effort.

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Caramel Apple Dip

TIP: When making caramel sauce, pay careful attention as the color deepens from clear to amber. If you allow it to cook too long, the sauce can become too dark and will have an unpleasant, almost “burnt” taste to it. If you get to that point, you should start over. Once the sauce is perfect, it makes a killer caramel apple dip!

Ingredients:

Crisp green and red apples, cut into wedges to serve
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
Salted caramel sauce* (recipe below or use your favorite prepared caramel sauce)
2/3 c. pecans, chopped

caramel apple dip

Salted Caramel Sauce:

½ c. heavy cream
1 c. white sugar
2 T. water
4 T. unsalted butter
1 t. fleur de sel salt

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Directions:

Preheat oven to lowest setting.

In a glass bowl, toss sliced apple wedges with fresh lemon juice to prevent browning. Set aside.

To prepare the salted caramel sauce, warm the heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat. (The goal is to slightly warm the cream because cold dairy product can curdle when added to hot liquids).

Add the sugar and water to a heavy-bottomed oven-safe saucepan and stir to combine. Set spoon aside and do not stir the sugar mixture again.

Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. If sugar crystals remain on the sides of the pan, gently brush them back down with a moistened silicon baking brush.

Continue boiling until the mixture turns a nice amber color. If a dark spot forms on one side due to uneven heating, lift the pan and gently swirl until the color is even again. Return pan to the burner and reduce heat.

Slowly whisk in the warmed cream until thoroughly incorporated. Be very careful while doing so because the extremely hot sugar mixture will bubble up when the cooler cream is added.

Remove from heat and add butter and salt. Stir with a clean spoon until butter is totally incorporated into the mixture. Do not reuse the same spoon from earlier because reintroducing sugar crystals to the pan can cause your caramel sauce to crystallize as it cools.

Place saucepan in a pre-heated oven until ready to use.

To assemble the caramel apple dip, place block of softened cream cheese on a serving plate. Drizzle with caramel sauce and top with chopped pecans. Serve with crispy sliced apples and additional caramel sauce for dipping.

For a more decorative presentation, shape the block of cream cheese into a circle before topping with a liberal amount of caramel sauce. Cover caramel-coated cream cheese circle entirely with chopped pecans, then arrange apple wedges around the cheese to form an edible “flower.” The excess caramel sauce on the plate will help hold the apple slices in place.

Caramel Apple Dip

Ingredients

  • crisp green & red apples cut into slices
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup pecans

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp fleur de sel salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to lowest setting. 

  2. In a glass bowl, toss sliced apple wedges with fresh lemon juice to prevent browning. Set aside. 

  3. To prepare the salted caramel sauce, warm the heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat. (The goal is to slightly warm the cream because cold dairy product can curdle when added to hot liquids).

  4. Add the sugar and water to a heavy-bottomed oven-safe saucepan and stir to combine. Set spoon aside and do not stir the sugar mixture again. 

  5. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. If sugar crystals remain on the sides of the pan, gently brush them back down with a moistened silicon baking brush. 

  6. Continue boiling until the mixture turns a nice amber color. If a dark spot forms on one side due to uneven heating, lift the pan and gently swirl until the color is even again. Return pan to the burner and reduce heat. 

  7. Slowly whisk in the warmed cream until thoroughly incorporated. Be very careful while doing so because the extremely hot sugar mixture will bubble up when the cooler cream is added. 

  8. Remove from heat and add butter and salt. Stir with a clean spoon until butter is totally incorporated into the mixture. Do not reuse the same spoon from earlier because reintroducing sugar crystals to the pan can cause your caramel sauce to crystalize as it cools. 

  9. Place saucepan into pre-heated oven until ready to use. 

  10. To assemble the dip, place block of softened cream cheese on a serving plate. Drizzle with caramel sauce and top with chopped pecans. Serve with crispy sliced apples and additional caramel sauce for dipping. 

  11. For a more decorative presentation, shape the block of cream cheese into a circle before topping with a liberal amount of caramel sauce. Cover caramel-coated cream cheese circle entirely with chopped pecans, then arrange apple wedges around the cheese to form an edible “flower.” The excess caramel sauce on the plate will help hold the apple slices in place. 

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Chris Stanley

Monday 12th of November 2018

This is a fantastic food recipe, thank you for taking the time to write the article.