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Friday, November 6, 2015

Easy Warm Caramel Dip - Perfect for a Caramel Apple Slice Buffet



    This is was one of the few menu items that has been on the list since I ever started planning the apple themed shower.  Other ideas came and went, but this one was must have throughout the planning process.  I love make your own food bars and what can be better than a caramel apple one?  Whole caramel apples are hard to eat though, and with so many other treats I didn't want people to have to commit to a whole apple.  So we did slices instead! 



     This caramel sauce is based on the no-fail caramel sauce, but is thicker at higher temperatures.  I kept it over candles to keep it warm for serving.  That made it easy to drizzle over the apple slices, though it would have been perfectly dip-able at room temperature.  All you need are the apples and plenty of toppings!  We did mini chocolate chips, chopped peanuts, sprinkles and chunks of graham crackers.  All were yummy!

Easy Warm Caramel Apple Dip



Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 1/4 cups half-and-half
1/2 cup butter
a generous pinch of salt
2 T vanilla

  1. Place butter, brown sugar, half-and-half and salt in a heavy bottom saucepan (I love this cast iron saucier for stuff like this because it heats evenly and doesn't have any corners, but any saucepan will work.)
  2. Cook over medium-low heat using a whisk to get it all incorporated.
  3. Once the butter is melted, set the timer for 6 minutes.  Be sure to stir frequently.
  4. After the 6 minutes is up, remove from heat.  Let cool for a couple of minutes, then whisk in the vanilla.  The dip will thicken as it cools.  
I hope you enjoyed your peek inside John & Lindsey's shower!


18 comments:

  1. That sounds so yummy, I would keep it all to myself :)

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    1. Luckily it is a big batch, so you can hide some in reserve!

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  2. While visiting my mom and sister, We recently went to an apple orchard near Columbus, Ohio, and they served apple blossoms...eight slices of apples with warm caramel sauce on the bottom and chopped peanuts on top. I love your idea of an apple buffet! This is a fun idea for Fall/Winter, Carlee.
    I made the baked pumpkin oatmeal again and I'm going to post it on Monday. Love it!!

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    1. How exciting, I can't wait to see it! I love whole caramel apples, but I find them hard to eat. This way everyone could have the toppings they like and have as much or as little as they like. And no messy first bite!

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  3. Yum!! I will just have it as such :) Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMatterParty. We would love to have you again next week.

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  4. LOVE this idea for a party! And everybody loves caramel apples. :-O

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    1. Thank you! It was definitely a hit at our party!

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  5. This is such a great idea! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  6. Yes I too love this fun idea and the recipe for the sauce sounds easy to make!
    Thanks Carlee for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie

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    1. It really is soooo easy and so good! Thanks for hosting!

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  7. Carlee this sounds like the perfect topping! I'll share it with my daughter who is the resident desert maker around here.

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    1. I hope you both love it! We had the best time playing with the different toppings. M

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  8. I love anything with caramel on it or in it. Your caramel dip sounds delicious! Pinned and Tweeted.

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    1. Me too! Especially caramel and apples together! Thank you!

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  9. This caramel dip sounds like a wonderful way to get kiddos to eat more fruit. :) Thanks for sharing with us on Five Friday Finds!

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    1. My little guy was loving dipping his apples in caramel and putting sprinkles on it! Thanks for hosting!

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