You don’t need many ingredients to caramelize apples at home. If you want to prepare the popular dessert yourself, try our quick recipes for caramelized whole apples or apple wedges.
Caramelize whole apples – that’s how it works
If you would like to spice up the basic recipe below, roll the apples in, for example, chopped, roasted walnuts or almonds, coconut flakes, colored sugar sprinkles, or chocolate chips immediately after caramelizing.
- For 4 caramel apples, you need: 4 slightly tart apples, 50 ml water, 300 g sugar, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp butter, 4 wooden skewers
- Wash the apples thoroughly under running water. Then pat the bowl dry. Cut off the stems and insert a wooden skewer into the center of each apple.
- Place water, sugar, butter, and lemon juice in a tall saucepan. Bring the mixture to a slow boil. Stir the caramel regularly.
- Once the caramel has boiled, let the mixture simmer for another 15 minutes.
- Quickly dip the apples, one at a time, into the caramel. If necessary, use a spoon to coat the apples with the batter.
- If you like, roll the apples in nuts or sprinkles.
- Finally, place the caramel apples on a plate lined with parchment paper to harden and cool.
How to caramelize apple wedges
Not only whole apples but also apple slices are ideal for caramelizing. Serve caramelized apple pieces with vanilla ice cream, waffles, pancakes, Kaiserschmarrn, or simply as a homemade dessert.
- For 4 servings you need: 4 slightly tart apples, 70 g sugar, 40 g butter, a pinch of cinnamon
- Peel the apples first. If you prefer to prepare the apple slices with the skin on, wash the apples and then rub them dry.
- Then remove the core and cut the apples into wedges or pieces.
- Heat butter and sugar in a coated pan. Stir the mass regularly until it has melted into caramel.
- Now put the apple slices in the pan. Let the apple pieces in the caramel get hot for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Serve the caramelized apple slices as a dessert on their own or as a side with a pinch of cinnamon.