Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Maple Caramel Apples (Spicy, nutty, choco sweet)

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. No really. Which leads me to some important words of wisdom about picking apples with a toddler.

picking apples

1. Prepare your child about where apples come from. This is a great time to talk about the birds and the bees. I mean, warn your kid that there will be bees there, and those bees are your friends. Much less screaming will ensue.

2. Explain to your kids very gingerly that cheese does not grow on trees. Sure cheese and apples are a great combo but not one found in nature.

picking apples
3. Tell them about how apples don’t fall far from the tree. There they are rotten , and scattered all around the trunk of the tree. Sure they make a satisfying squishy sound under your pink boots. But, if you get them all, then what will the next kid picking apples do? Pick apples?

4. Give them some tips on which apples are the rotten ones. Holes are great in Swiss cheese, bowling balls and jack-o-lanterns but not apples.

picking apples

5. Don’t tell them that the store sells apple cider and apple fritters. They will immediately threaten to unionize with the other children and start a picking strike until given inappropriate amounts of sugar.

From those apples we made Duo of Maple Caramel Apples: Maple Caramel Apples with Cayenne/ Spiced Almonds and Maple, Cayenne Caramel Apples with Curry infused White chocolate to send in care packages for all of the college kids in our lives.  My recipe can be found here.  (They are my entry for the Royal Foodie Joust from the Leftover Queen)

Oh, and turning those apples into caramel apples only gives your children false hope that all fruit and vegetable can be subverted into candy.

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22 comments:

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I love this! What a wonderful fall activity to do with your children. I love your Joust entry! Thanks so much for entering this month!

FoodJunkie said...

You know, the first time I saw and picked apples in my life was last year. It was a fantastic experience and the taste was nothing like store bought apples. The candied applies you made are real beauties and oh so delicious too!

Michael Natkin said...

As a cooking dad, I'm really enjoying all of the cool ways you have figured out to involve Maybelle with food!

Grace said...

wait, cheese doesn't grow on trees? there are no cheese trees? i declare. :)
lovely post, and great candied apples--those're always a favorite!

Heather said...

i think little maybelle has something here. a cheese growing tree would be great. hopefully she'll grow up to invent one!!

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

What a cute post!! The apples look delicious!!

chakhlere said...

Wow!! Thats a great way to feed fruits to kids.

Loved the cutie pie's snap showing her cute hair and little cute back.

Johanna said...

lovely post - I love all those apple tree pictures - is the tree in your backyard - was sitting outside with sylvia the other day watching the bee on the lemon tree and wondered if she would fear them!

angela@spinachtiger said...

I love love love the entry. One love for the juicy apple One love for the maple. One love for the white chocolate. And, there is more love for the caramel. GREAT entry. I think you could win!

angela@spinachtiger said...

I love it for all the ingredients. Really great entry. You could win with these easily.

shaz said...

Sounds like a fun day out then - especially the apple squishing part. Lucky college kids!

Temperance said...

That picture of Bella is precious, we really need to see more of your babies. I love the little curls.

Pam said...

I wish I had taken my daughters apple picking when they young!

girlichef said...

LMAO...what a wonderful post :D We just went apple picking on Monday and can't wait to get out there again on a less cold and wet day! Lovely pics :D

Maya said...

I enjoy eating them and now I can make them at home!

Y said...

Wise words, wise words. Wish I could've gone apple picking as a kid. Maple caramel sounds like a wonderful thing to enrobe anything in.

The Purple Foodie said...

What a fun post! I wish we had apple orchard here that we could go apple picking to.

I especially like this line "Holes are great in Swiss cheese, bowling balls and jack-o-lanterns but not apples." Totally cracked me up!

Foodycat said...

They look amazing! What a pretty tree and what delicious looking apples!

Lori said...

I made the mistake of giving my kinds caramel apples and apple fruit dip that I made. From then on, for a while, they thought everytime they ate and apple, it should be doused in sugar. Ugh.

Bellini Valli said...

This is an amazing recipe. Loved all the tips:D

maybelle's mom said...

thanks all.

Jacqueline said...

I love your post and those apples look mighty appetising :)