Turn any day into a celebration with these sweet and rich apple sundaes!
You know the saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away? That saying inspired this post. July is known as Medical New Year in the doctor world, because it’s when med students and residents begin their new roles as the next step in their training. Residents become full-blown doctors, med students become residents, etc. My husband is starting his first rotation as a med student, and he will be out in a rural area of Oklahoma for the month. Since he’ll be gone, I thought it was fitting to be eating something that “kept him away!” (Cue sobs.)
My mom mentioned off-hand that when she was a kid, she used to eat apple sundaes. She told me that her best friend Michelle used to make them after she learned them from her family. I asked Michelle about them, because Mom wasn’t responding to my texts…and she said, “I have no idea what those are.” And then I mentioned she learned from her family and she said, “OH, caramel apples!” And that is when it didn’t even involve any cooking…this is basically a deconstructed caramel apple! But Mom keeps calling them apple sundaes, so that’s what I’m going to call them.
Since this didn’t involve a whole lot of cooking, I figured I should do a couple of things from scratch! I love homemade whipped cream, and it really just gives a great light sweetness to it and cuts the richness of the caramel sauce.
Local Spotlight: The wonderful pecans that I also used to make these delicious spiced pecans from Knight Creek Farms, top and round out this sweet treat!
Apple Sundae (Deconstructed Caramel Apple) [V, GF]
- Caramel Sauce
- 3 T. butter
- 2/3 C. brown sugar
- 3 T. milk
- Whipped Cream
- 1 C. heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 t. vanilla extract
- 1/4 C. powdered sugar
- 4 apples
- 4 T. chopped pecans
- Melt butter, brown sugar and milk together on the stove in a low boil until bubbly and frothy (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool.
- Beat whipping cream and vanilla in a mixer on high speed until peaks start to form.
- Gradually incorporate powdered sugar into whipped cream until stiff peaks form.
- Chop up apples and place into a serving dish.
- Top apples with caramel sauce, whipped cream and pecans.
- Serve immediately and #enJOY!
Naturally Gluten Free and Vegetarian!