So I took my annual trek to Apple Hill, California this week with my parents. I love Apple Hill. The weather is beautiful, and the scenery beyond description. We walked among the orchards and saw all of the fruit still ripening on the branches. The smell of fresh fruit, warm in the sun is a beauty to behold. I have decided that when I am rich and famous, I am going to buy an orchard and live up there among the fruit trees.
We saw the crafters, smelled the fresh baked pies, saw the presses squeezing the juice for cider, and then my favorite… the Fudge Factory.
Now for those of you who know me, I have been on a strict diet for quite some time now. I have lost 35 pounds, and it should come as no surprise sugar has been off limits for me for the better part of this year. Walking into the Fudge Factory I went onto sensory overload. I didn't behave shamefully though, after all, my parents were with me. I did, however, walk straight to the corner with the caramel apples and took my place in line. I have two favorites, and with a little shameless flirting, I was able to extract the recipes for Cheesecake Caramel Apples, and Turtle Carmel Apples.
Here they are:
Cheesecake Carmel Apples
Follow your favorite recipe for a standard caramel apple (usually apples dipped in the little melted caramel squares that you buy at Halloween time). Let sit on a tray, sticks up, and let the caramel set. Then as a second layer, dip the apple (over the top of the caramel) in a mixture of half white chocolate and half cream cheese, slowly melted over a double boiler. After dipping, roll the still wet chocolate in some graham cracker crumbs and return to the tray to set. It is DELICIOUS!!!
Turtle Carmel Apples
For the Turtles follow the same recipe for the first step (dipping the apple in caramel and allowing it to set). For the second layer, dip the apple in a mixture of half white chocolate (or dark chocolate if you prefer) and half peanut butter. Roll in your choice of chocolate chips, cookie crumbs, or any assorted candies.
Refrigerate to set firm and enjoy. I gave myself this treat after such a long time of being diligent on my diet. It was my reward for a job well done, with no serious after effects either.
Isaiah 49:4"…and my reward is with my God."
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