Candy Apples

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If you haven’t been tipped off by the cold weather, you just know it’s Fall when you see the bushels of Apples in the stores. Apples are everywhere. Ontario boasts of producing many different kinds of apples including the prized Honey crisp. Last year I was fortunate to go on a trip courtesy of the Ontario Apple Farmers and I made a lovely behind the scenes video that you can fine here – This year they’ve invited me again and I’m thrilled to be visiting another farm this year.

 

This year I’m having a bunch of people over for the Canadian Fall weekend potluck. I’ve requested my friends to think ‘fall’ when planning the menu. Since I’m hosting, I’m preparing the bird that I affectionately call ‘the beast’ and for dessert, I thought of making an all time favourite – Candy Apples. For it’s contrast against the sweetness of the caramel and chocolate, I chose the Granny Smith and I bought snacking apples instead of the regular sized apples.

 

When I visited the Apple packing plant last year, I learned that the apples are sorted by weight and the smallest ones gets packed and sent off to schools for their lunch programs. And as I discovered these are also the perfect size for Candy Apples.

 

The Apple Growers of Ontario are partnering with me this year to produce three amazing Apple recipes. These will be right here on my blog on Oct 29, Dec 10 & Feb 11. In the meantime, how do you like ‘em apples?

Candy Apples

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Water
  • 4 tbsps Vinegar
  • 8 small Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 lb soft Caramel candies
  • 2 tbsps
  • Sprinkles and candies
  • Walnuts, crushed
  • 8 oz Chocolate

Instructions

  1. Prepare the apples by boiling water, adding vinegar and quickly dipping the apples in to remove any wax
  2. Dry thoroughly and refrigerate for best results
  3. Once cool, remove the stems and pierce each apple through the middle with a bamboo stick
  4. Prepare the caramel by melting the candies & milk in a microwave for 1 minute, stir and then microwave again for another minute till smooth
  5. Working quickly, dip the apple in the caramel and dredge in the crushed walnuts
  6. Place on a silicone mat to prevent sticking
  7. You can also add sprinkles or candies as well
  8. Put it back in the fridge for an hour for the caramel to set
  9. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and drizzle on top of the candy apple as desired
  10. Add more nuts or candies
  11. Refrigerate again
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Rosemary & Cayenne Walnuts

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Gifts from the heart are the most appreciated during the holiday season. Spiced nuts are so easy to make. Here is a recipe for Rosemary & Cayenne Walnuts and click here for my Spiced Bollywood Cashews.

Rosemary & Cayenne Walnuts

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw Walnuts
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh or frozen Rosemary
  • 2 tbsps Walnut Oil

Instructions

  1. Heat the Walnuts for 5 mins
  2. Mix all the other ingredients together
  3. Mix the Walnuts with the marinade and return to the hot oven for 10 mins
  4. Cool and store in an airtight container
https://kravingsfoodadventures.com/rosemary-cayenne-walnuts/

Spiced Bollywood Cashews

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Gifts from the heart are the most appreciated during the holiday season. Spiced nuts are so easy to make. Here is a recipe for Spiced Bollywood Cashews and click here for my Rosemary & Cayenne Walnuts.

Spiced Bollywood Cashews

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw Cashews
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • /2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 tbsps Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Toast the Cashews for 5 mins
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and mix in the Cashews
  3. Toast for another 10 mins
  4. Cool and store in an airtight container
https://kravingsfoodadventures.com/spiced-bollywood-cashews/