Monday, April 15, 2013

Cinnamon Candy Apples

Aren't they beautiful?  If you are serving any type of pork like ham, a pork loin or pork chops, try this as a side dish or light dessert.  They are simple to prepare but look oh so elegant.  

Red Hot Candied Apples
6 large, firm apples
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
6 thin lemon slices
1 Tbs. grated orange zest
¼ cup cinnamon candy
3 whole cloves
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
12 maraschino cherries

Peel and core your apples.  Slice your apples about a half an inch to 3/4 inch thick. 

Combine sugar and water in a large skillet.  Bring to a boil.  Add the lemon slices, cloves,  orange zest,  and cinnamon red hot candy and simmer until the red hots devolve.   Add the apple slices.   Simmer over medium heat until the apples are tender but still firm, about 15 minutes.  Turn the apples over once during cooking to make sure they are colored on both sides.

Remove apples and lemon slices to a very large serving dish.

Bring the syrup in the skillet to a rolling boil.  Boil until it forms a thin syrup (4 to 5 minutes).  Stir the cornstarch into the 1/4 cup cold water.  Stir into the syrup mixture and cook for about  minutes or until thickened.  

Allow to cool just slightly and pour over the apples.   Garnish each apple half with a maraschino cherry in the middle.  Now what kind of pork do you want to serve with it?  

Have a great day, be happy and may God bless you and yours.  

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