12.20.2012

Caramel Apple Spice {w/homemade Salted Dark Caramel Sauce}


CARAMEL APPLE SPICE

its kind of like  a starbucks copy cat but waaaay better

ok, I couldn't get rid of this pic with those sweet chubby not-so-helping hands. 

I have been making these caramel apple spice drinks since like.... forever. Maybe I shouldn't admit cause they weren't near this fancyschmancy! I've even given them away as neighbor gifts a few times but they were with like that cheap fake caramel sauce you buy in the jar at walmart. imposters. . All thanks to Steph and her dark salted caramel sauce. This caramel takes this spice drink to a whole new level. ohhhhhhh baby.
It makes the apple cider from its clear-ish color to a creamy frothy curl your toes in their fluffy socks on the couch, in the freezing weather, while watching a steamy chick flick. who wouldn't want that?
No one ** right** so thats why you are going to make this for all your neighbor gifts.
if you can restrain yourself not to lick all the caramel sauce off the spoon.

To make the caramel sauce :

Heat sugar over low-medium heat in a heavy-bottom pan, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon, or high temp spatula.
The sugar will slowly start to melt, keep cooking and stirring until completely liquified and it's a copper color.
Lower heat.
Add in butter, stir until completely melted.
Take pan off the heat and pour in cream. It will bubble up, so keep stirring until mixed well.
After it's all creamy and thick and a beautiful dark amber color, add the salt and vanilla.
Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

 Now you have your sauce all saucey...lets move on.
here is all you will need...

To ensemble your drink....

heaping spoonful of hot caramel sauce bottom of your mug.


just incase that wasn't clear enough..

In a seperate cup prepare your hot apple cider. make sure its reallllly steamy. 
Pour onto caramel....which makes it from clear cider(see liquid pouring in?)
To a creamy cider.

seee... frothy

top with cream.

drizzle, and drizzzle and drizzzzzzle that caramel sauce on top. 
and sprinkle a tad of cinnamon.

oh yes, he is still here helping. he approves. 
 gone.



 



For my "friends gift"I picked up a few small mason jars, wrapped in twine and chord. Then gave them instructions for the perfect Caramel Apple Spice....It's really not that expensive! you can find the the mason jars at target (they were over by the kitchen gadget wall, bigger ones were in the grocery section)
You can give them a whole box of apple cider or just give them a couple of packets.
Target also had smaller bottles of whipped cream for like $1.50, or Costco is selling packets of whipped cream during the holidays too. you can add cinnamon too to the gift.
you can do all or just a few. either way it will be the bomb.com cause you gave them the caramel. and for that- they will forever be in your debt.
now. Here is a printable for your gifts.
I'm making it easy!
(ps twine was $1.50 at Michales, Chording was in christmas gift wrap for $3)

Click to Print








Caramel Apple Spice {w/homemade dark salted caramel}

Ingredients
Hot apple Cider (I recommend Alpine Apple Cider found by hot chocolate when fresh apple cider is not in season)
Salted Dark Caramel Sauce- see below
Whipped Cream
Cinnamon

SALTED DARK CARAMEL SAUCE
1 c sugar
6 T unsalted butter
1/2 c + 2 T heavy cream
1 t coarse salt
1 t vanilla extract
Directions
Instructions for Dark Caramel Sauce
Heat sugar over low-medium heat in a heavy-bottom pan, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon.
The sugar will slowly start to melt, keep cooking and stirring until completely liquified,
Add in butter, stir until completely melted.
Take pan off the heat and pour in cream.
It will bubble up, so keep stirring until mixed well.
After it's all creamy and thick and a beautiful dark amber color, add the salt and vanilla.
Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
Instructions for Caramel Apple Spice Drink
Drip a heaping spoonful of caramel in bottom of mug
pour in steamy hot apple cider
squirt on whipped cream
Drizzle dark caramel sauce on top
sprinkle cinnamon on top


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3 comments:

  1. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!! You just solved my last minute dilemma!

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