Hi, Romance Cooks! As a foodie romance author, I couldn't have invented a better place to hang out. I hope you enjoy this recipe from my newest release and the chef at the Misbegotten Gaines Ranch in Freewill, Wyoming: Vengeful Gaines.
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Kyle’s Caramel Apple Sauce
10 medium apples
4 T. butter
2 T. grape seed oil
1 c. apple cider
½ c. lemon juice
½ c. white sugar
½ c. brown sugar
4 T. cinnamon
1½ t. salt
1 c. heavy cream
Peel the apples and cut into slices. I don’t like to cube them, because if I set aside to use for pie filling, I want big chunks of apple. You can always mash it down later. But I really do like the bigger chunks of apple. Just make sure, however you cut them, that they’re all the same size. Squeeze the lemon over them as you peel, just to keep the oxidation away.
In a warmed skillet (medium-high heat), put the butter and oil in just to let the heat element get ready, then add the apples with the lemon juice (and add the rest of the lemon juice if you didn’t use the full ½ cup for oxidizing the apples.
Cook the apples for about five minutes in the cider and juice, then add the sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Cover and simmer for another twenty minutes (if cubed) or twenty-five minutes (if sliced). Test the apples to make sure they’re spiced and sugared the way you like them. Add the cream and stir in well, then let simmer for another two minutes.
Makes a great sauce over ice cream, or a pie filling, or just a great treat. Don’t omit the salt—that’s a temptation in dessert-type items—but salt and lemon really enhance the taste. Hope you enjoy.
Mattie Gaines has so much to be thankful for—three beautiful children who are well on their way to making great love matches, a successful family business that keeps her challenged every day. But a part of her will never forget her first love, and she longs for her own romance du jour.
Wanting a new start, Will Jordan returns to Freewill and wonders whatever happened to that firecracker Mattie Gaines. When he spies her at the annual Thanksgiving cook-off, old feelings roar through him. Will can’t forget Mattie’s kisses, so long ago, and he wants to make her remember, too—even if it costs them both more than they bargained.
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