Make that a HUGE exhale.
Kailani is going to be in a play today - "Johnny Appleseed." While she is only a chorus girl you would think she was going to be the star of the show. She is incredibly excited. It's so cute.
After the play the parents will join the class for a little apple potluck. We were asked to bring in food items made from apples. Apple bread, apple juice, apple sauce, you get the picture. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try and make the mini-caramel apples I recently saw while surfing the web. Here's how they turned out:
They are teenie-tiny and oh-so cute! I used a melon baller to scoop bits of apple, coat it with chocolate and then coat it with the caramel. Easy enough, right?
Noooooo. At least not for me. It took me a few times to get used to using the melon baller. At first my scoops were too shallow but I eventually got the hang of it. The hardest part was working with the caramel. It was a pain in the you-know-what. After making about 12 of the miniature apples I finally figured it out and was depressed because I had so many more to make! At this moment in time I would have to tell you, "never again." I should've (and could've) just left them like this:
With a white chocolate coating. Oh-la-la-yum! Bite-sized yumminess.
There are TONS of recipes for miniature caramel apples on the web. A common complaint I found was that the caramel tends to slide right off the apple instead of stick to it (because the skins of the apple are removed.) One solution is to coat the apple with a seal of chocolate and then chill it. This helps retain the moisture of the apple and then allows the caramel to stick to the chocolate. But enough of that. Here's the recipe that I used:
Miniature Caramel Apples
Just when I thought, "never again" Kailani's teacher made a fuss over them when I dropped them off. Okay. Maybe I will try them again. Just maybe. But next time I will look for the caramel apple wraps (as recommended in one of a million recipes I read) instead of melting the caramel myself. It'll save me some time and frustration!