Today though I have a Pinstrosity for you! Tali sent this one to us and I got a giggle out of it, and learned a few things! Check it out!
Doesn't this bloomin' apple look amazing?! Pause for the cause diet, there is a new obsession in town!
Here is what Tali had to say about her attempt:
"Ok, so for days before Halloween, I've been seeing these great looking desserts all over for Blooming Apples. I love apples, caramel, butter, and sugar so it's a not brainer to try.
Some friends had a Halloween party, which is the perfect time to do this! I grabbed the ingredients (though I did switch the Honey Crisp apples for Granny Smith). I prepped the apples, which took far longer than I anticipated. Then I prepped the topping. Caramel- done. Butter and sugar mix- microwave, seems simple. I may have skimmed over the part about slowly melting the butter, letting it get really melted. I also neglected the flour (pure oversight). I mixed the sugar, added cinnamon, and topped my apples. The topping was more runny than in the picture, but I went with it, blaming it on butter that was melted too much.
The timer was set, then friends with a newborn stopped by. I held that sweet baby for a while, marveling in the tininess until the timer went off. My friend (the host) checked the apples and as I said, "They may need more time," she laughed and said they were done. It was a bit later before I saw my creation. Oops. The flour would have helped, as would an aluminum foil tent, with the oven rack lowered. The taste was great- caramel yumminess, but I will have to practice this to make it look prettier. The rest of the night I had fun telling people there were caramel apples in the kitchen, only to listen to them laugh when they saw them! A mess this epic is pretty rare for me, so it made it more fun. "
The only real red flags I see here is the missing flour and the runny butter. I really don't feel like those two oversights would create the end result we see above though. Perhaps the oven was too hot, or Tali put the timer for the 45 minutes (maximum time) instead of the 25 minutes as the suggested start time? I can't be sure because she didn't specify, but those apples look pretty toasty! No worries if that's the case, I do that kind of stuff all the time. That's what I get for multitasking, haha! They are also only toasty on the tips?? I'm not sure what that means in baking-land, where are all our baking experts?? Can you help us out on this one? Where else can we improve this recipe folks? I'm thinking I'm going to try this one out during Christmas festivities! I will be sure to check back in with you all and let you know how it goes!
Happy Wednesday all! Happy baking!