When the 10-year-old boy gets an idea in his mind, it's difficult for him, or anyone else, to forget it. Such was the case with candied apples. He was bent on making them, so he searched my cookbooks and found a recipe in one my grandmother....
...gave me when I was a newlywed at the tender age of 18 called "The Joy of Cooking". We both learned a lot from this recipe, including what the "hard-crack" stage in candy making is. Everyone loved these apples, including Twin A...
Hope you love 'em, too!
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
a few drops of red vegetable food coloring
5 apples on skewers
Step 1. Place sugar, corn syrup and water together in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir until dissolved, then bring to a boil.
Step 2. Cook, covered, for about 3 minutes until the steam has washed down any crystals that may have formed on the sides of the pan.
Step 3. Uncover and cook, without stirring, nearly to the hard-crack stage, 290 degrees F. (The hard-crack stage is when you drop a drop of the candy syrup into ice water and it immediately turns rock hard, such that it can be easily cracked.
Step 4. Add a few drops of food coloring, then transfer the candy syrup to a double boiler to keep warm.
Step 5. Working quickly, dip the skewered apples into the candy syrup and place them on a metal flower holder to harden. If you don’t have a flower holder, you can dip the tops of the apples in chopped nuts, then place them upside down on a foil-covered cookie sheet.
Step 6. Allow to dry and harden.
Direct recipe link: http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/2131023/candied-apples/
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