Oh yes, finally spring has arrived! I really adore this time of the year. The daily walks with my dog are getting longer, she enjoys having fun in the creek while I am seeking for snowdrops on the brown ground. However it is still pretty cold. The good thing about this is that you still can enjoy some soul warming meals. These baked apples with salted caramel make a perfect dessert in a "say goodbye to winter" menu, agree?
8 butter caramels (see recipe below)
2 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons coarsly chopped hazelnut or walnut
2 tablespoons cane sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
for the butter caramels:
3 tablespoons butter
360 ml cream
225 g sugar
225 g honey
salt as you fancy
for the caramel sauce:
10 g cane sugar
400 ml cream
Cover a baking pan with baking paper or butter it. Mix butter, cream, sugar, honey and salt in a pot and let it melt over medium heat and cook until it reaches 120°C degrees, this is going to take about 30-40 minutes. Stir mixture once in a while, when it has reached the temperature pour it into the baking pan and let it cool for a few hours. As soon as it has the right consistency cut it in pieces and wrap in baking paper or anything else, except those that you need for the baked apples.
For the sauce melt cane sugar over low heat and let it caramelise. Remove from the heat, add cream and cook for 4-5 minutes or until it has reached the desired thickness.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Wash and remove the cores of the apples. In a bowl mix together flour, cane sugar, butter and coarsly chopped nuts. Put 2 butter caramels into each apple and top with the nut curst. Bake for 15-20 minutes and serve with the caramel sauce.
Recipe originally published in the Kifőztük magazin November 2012 issue.