Friday, December 5, 2014

When Grandma Sumko comes to town....

There are many words to describe our wonderful Grandma Sumko. the top on the lists.  Without any words, if, and or buts.....she is a worker bee whenever she visits.  I LOVE it.  She tackles all those projects I dread or would rather get to......later.  Almost the minute she walks in my door she is up to her ears in my laundry, cleaning out my fridge, or stocking up my freezer full of Sumko traditional favorites.  

Grandma Sumko got here just last night.  This time she came.....I was prepared.  I had a caramel apple recipe I have been dying to try.  My friend DeAnne taught me the "trick" in making the "perfect" caramel apple.      

Today we tackled a few dozen apples (it seemed).  The recipe seems to be fool proof.  A new family favorite.  I think I have finally done it.  

I have broken into the Sumko family recipe book!:)  

The recipe:

1 cup butter
4 cups brown sugar
2 cups light Karo syrup
2 cups sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter; add remaining ingredients except vanilla.  Bring to a boil.  Insert a good candy thermometer and boil until it reaches 226 degrees, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Let caramel cool while you prepare the apples for dipping

Use dowel rods and using a hammer gently pound into bottom side of apple. 
Let caramel cool for about 10 minutes after heated to 226.
Once you dip apple into caramel make sure you twist and hold apple for about 4 minutes....(seems like forever) so all the excess caramel drips off
Once dipped into caramel and partly dry after holding......roll or sprinkle on toppings.  
Immediately place in the refrigerator.

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