For a quick and easy dessert, make this sautéed caramel apples recipe. The buttery apples combine with caramel sauce to provide a delicious flavor combination that goes well with ice cream, simple vanilla cake, or on a plate, all by itself.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 pounds cooking apples, peeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
- For Salted Butter Caramel:
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/16 teaspoon sea salt
To make the apples: Melt the butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the apples to the pan and sauté them for 5 to 7 minutes, until they turn golden and tender. Remove the apples from the pan and set them aside.
To make the salted butter caramel: In a separate saucepan set over medium-low heat, melt the butter in the heavy cream. Immediately remove from the heat and set aside.
Place the sugar in a separate saucepan set over medium heat. Sprinkle the water over the sugar and allow it to dissolve over the heat without stirring. As the sugar begins to caramelize, occasionally shake and swirl the pan to evenly distribute the color.
When the caramel is a rich golden color, remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the hot cream and melted butter to the caramel. Take care to stand back during this process; the hot caramel will bubble up the sides of the pan.
Return the caramel to the lowest heat setting, whisking constantly. Cook and stir the salted butter caramel for 2 minutes over the low heat. Remove from the heat and season the sauce with the 1/16 teaspoon sea salt; stir until it is dissolved completely.
Drizzle the caramel sauce over the warm apples and serve them immediately.
This sautéed caramel apples recipe makes 4 servings.