Monday, October 29, 2012

Pumpkins & Candy Apples

Its Pumpkin time. Halloween is our favorite holiday. Our weekend was filled with more crafting, baking cookies, and more decorating. 
We picked our last harvest from our trees :( I'm not kidding, we must have picked close to 100 apples, and for the first time (in 6 years) we have persimmons. Will have to think of what to make with all the fruit. 
         The girls wanted to give "Candy Apple" making a try. They were very easy to make, and turned out so delicious. We had so much fun. 
I included a little recipe for you guys!

Desiree's Pumpkin
                                                        Desiree & Nastassja doodling
Candied and Chocolate dipped Apples with salted Pistachios

                                                                            Nastassja's Pumpkin

Candy Apples

Yield: 12 candy apples
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 30 min


12 small red or green apples (we used Granny Smith)
12 lollipop or popsicle sticks
3 cups white sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
½ teaspoon red food coloring
You also will need a Candy Thermometer!


Wash and thoroughly dry the apples. Insert the lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks so that they are firmly positioned in the apples. Set the apples aside on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and coated with cooking spray.
Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and cook the mixture until a candy thermometer reaches 300ºF (the hard crack stage).
Remove the candy mixture from the heat and carefully stir in the red food coloring. You may have to add more than the designated ½ teaspoon, depending on the quality and strength of your food coloring.
One by one, carefully dip the apples into the candy mixture, swirling to coat them thoroughly and allowing any excess to drip back into the pan. Transfer the coated apples to the prepared cookie sheet and allow them to cool until the candy has fully hardened.

If the candy mixture gets too hard during the dipping process, simply re-heat it over medium heat and continue coating the apples.

Enjoy! And Boo!
            xoxo, Diana

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