If you ever wanted to know what a casaba melon looks like inside, well here it is. I found out that casaba melons are in the muskmelon family of melons (honeydew is a cousin). I am not fond of melon especially honeydew because they usually taste like soap to me. But I love watermelon. Fortunately my husband is a huge fan of all things melon. However, he did not like this at all. He said it tasted like a cucumber. If you like cucumber melons or are up for something different try casaba sometime.
I had a load of green apples to get rid of and thought I would make some home made caramel apples. These were very creamy and the touch of vanilla make them special. I had various pecans, peanuts, chocolate jimmies and sugar pearls to dip the coated apples in. They were a hit! I made some turtles with the left over caramel. Yummy!
- 8 apples, any variety
- 1 cup heavy cream, divided
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped peanuts or other nut of your choice
- Nuts, candies, cookies, etc. for dipping.
Wash and completely dry the apples. Insert a stick or skewer into the stem end of each.
Line a 9-by-9-inch or 7-by-11-inch baking pan with foil. Place the chopped nuts into the lined pan.
Fit a heavy-bottomed saucepan with a candy thermometer. Over high heat, cook 3/4 cup of the cream, the corn syrup, butter, and sugar to 280 degrees F (firm ball); at this point the syrup will be golden. Remove from the heat and carefully swirl in the remaining 1/4 cup of cream and the vanilla. Use caution; this is very hot and it may splatter.
While the caramel is hot, dip and turn the apples into the caramel to coat and let the excess drip off. Let the apples cool. Meanwhile, temper the chocolate. When the caramel has cooled, dipped the apples in the chocolate. Dip the bottoms into the chopped nuts and other toppings. Arrange the apples on a nonstick or waxed paper-lined cookie sheet and let cool.
We bought this yellow watermelon in St. Louis and I had to share it with you all. It is considered a Yellow Crimson Watermelon: variety of watermelon that has a yellow colored flesh. This particular type of watermelon has been described as "sweeter" and more "honey" flavored than the more popular red flesh watermelon. Enjoy!