My favorite season of the year is almost here; no not the season with a bearded fat man in a red suit. The season right before that; where leaves turn vibrant shades of oranges, reds and yellow, before they detach from the trees and begin to litter the ground. Fall! That’s the best season of the year (to me anyway).
That being said, it’s also the time some of my favorite dishes are made. Ok, who am I kidding, I make fall food year round, but for most people, they tend to stick to seasonality when cooking.
Last night, I made a Fall staple that you must have in order to make caramel apples: Caramel. I like to make it in the crock pot, simply because it allows me not to stand at the stove and there literally is no clean-up.
All you need is a crock pot, a can of sweetened condensed milk, three 4-oz mason jars and that’s it!
Simply open the can and pour equally into the three 4-oz mason jars. Set the mason jars into the crock pot, uncovered.
Carefully, add enough water to cover the jars to where the milk stops. This is how the milk will cook evenly; surrounded in water. Add the lid to the crock pot and set the cooking temperature to low and eight hours.
I like to do this overnight or when I’m gone all day at work. Then it’s ready when I wake up or come home and I am not hovering over it hoping it miraculously finishes quicker. Carefully, remove the jars and place on a heat-protected surface to cool.
In addition to being able to use this caramel to cover apples for Halloween, you can use it as a great school or work snack. Pour a bit of caramel into a container, pack some apple slices and a snack is ready to go. You can use it to drizzle over baking creations or simply eat it with a spoon, if that’s your prerogative.