Apple and Pecan Caramels

A caramel apple in bite size form!



I think these caramels are such an impressive little treat and they are so much easier than they seem. I dehydrated my own apples, but you could easily buy store bought apples or any other dried fruit. Chop some pecans and pour the caramel over all of it. After it sets you have a delicious chewy candy that tastes exactly like a caramel apple! And a bonus of having a much higher caramel to apple ratio.



Makes 25 large caramel squares


Ingredients

16 dried apple slices

½ cup chopped pecans

1 ½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup salted butter, cut into 8 slices

½ cup heavy whipping cream


Instructions

1. If dehydrating your own apples, find my recipe here.

2. Grease a 9x9 inch pan. Overlap 16 apple slices on the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top of apples.

3. Slice 1 stick of butter into 8 pieces, set aside. Measure ½ cup heavy cream, set aside.

4. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the granulated sugar. Stir constantly. The sugar will start to clump together and melt, continue stirring so it does not burn.

5. Once the sugar has completely melted, add the butter 1 tablespoon at a time while stirring constantly. It will steam and bubble.

6. Once the butter has all been incorporated, add the cream slowly while continuing to stir.

7. At this point, allow the caramel to cook for 5-10 more minutes or until it reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is the point where the caramel will set but still be soft and chewy.

8. Once you have reached 240, pour the caramel over the apples and pecans. Let sit at room temperature to set overnight. Slice and enjoy.