Candied Apples Make Good Neighbors
October, 2012 · By Coryanne Ettiene
Call me a helpless romantic but I love the notion of having a home that encourages my neighbors to pop over for a cup of tea and natter for hours over the rising cost of garden center plants. I grew up watching my grandfather carefully cultivate friendships with everyone on our street, and was always driven to become friends with everyone who lived in our neighborhood. I learned from my grandfather that your neighbors are an extension of your family and your home, and when cultivated, they can become friends that will last a lifetime.
With today’s modern hectic lives, we seldom have time to natter for hours over a cup of tea, and find it more convenient to pop to the shops to secure that much needed cup of sugar than pop next door. While living briefly in Arizona, life got in the way of creating good neighborhood friendships– I knew little of our neighbors and often felt disconnected to streets weaving around our home as a result. The moment we landed in Washington, we were greeted with the warmest neighborhood welcome, rekindling that romantic notion of neighborly love, and reminding me how fabulous it is to hear the doorbell ring and find a fresh hot pie with our name on it. I could not wait to share the warm fuzzies we felt, and set about reciprocating our budding neighborly love by knocking on doors around our neighborhood with bundles fresh berry pies in the summer and then, this Fall, we sent our resident Super Girl out with a basket of candied apples to keep the momentum going throughout these cold Autumn days.
Sharing gifts from the kitchen does not have to be reserved for holidays and special occasions, sometimes the best kitchen gifts are those that are least expected and the simplest to make. Turn your kitchen into a candy apple factory with just a handful of ingredients and less time than you may think.
Ettiene Family Candied Apples
4 cups of white granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 cup light corn syrup
10 small red apples
Before starting on the sugar, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and then place each apple on the sheet with enough room to cool. Once in place, insert a twig or wooden stick into each apple. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine your white sugar, water, and corn syrup. Bring your ingredients to a boil over high heat string constantly for around 20 minutes or until your mixture reaches between 300F and 310F. Once you have the correct temperature, work quickly to remove your pot from the heat, and then dip the apples in the sugar mixture one at a time until each apple is completely coated. Once coated, place on the parchment paper to allow to cool.