Fall is in full swing and what better way to celebrate than with two fall favorites: caramel and apples. Most people steer clear of making desserts with caramel because they think the technique is too complicated, but it’s simpler than you think.
To make caramel from scratch, all you need for the basic recipe is one cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of half and half, four tablespoons of butter, one tablespoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Mix the brown sugar, half and half, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook while whisking for about seven minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Add the vanilla and continue to cook for another minute. Allow the caramel to cool before using it in any of the caramel dessert recipes.
Use your caramel sauce as a dip for apples, or employ it to add rich flavor to tarts, bread pudding, or caramel corn. Make bread pudding with stale bread, eggs, sugar, and milk, and top it off with a sweet caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Now that you have the perfect caramel recipe, start adding it to your favorite desserts, or try new ones.
Here are a few recipes that will make caramel-filled, delicious additions to your dessert table.
Butterscotch and Caramel Apple Tarts
Super silky and delicate butterscotch pudding forms the first layer of this delightful tart. It's topped with see-through-thin slices of skin-on, tart Granny Smith apples which provide a protective layer for the hot caramel that tops it all off. — Holly Herrick
Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is a great way to use up leftover day-old bread. It’s also an easy go-to dessert for a busy weeknight that can bake while you’re having dinner. Go ahead and treat yourself to this caramel apple version. — Taste of Home