Part of our new routine at home is that I meal plan and make the grocery list and Rob heads out to do the shopping. Not always, but a lot of the time. Grocery shopping doesn't fall into my list of "preferred-things-to-do". Don't get me wrong, I love nothing more than perusing the aisle of a specialty food shop, walking through a farmer's market or visiting a butcher or boutique cheese store. However, the regular "milk, eggs, pasta" doesn't thrill me much, but Rob loves it, so our new way of bringing food into the house is working well for us.
Upon his return from the food shop last week, he had a bag of red apples. I had put Granny Smith apples on the list and gently questioned if they were out of the green variety. He said no, but that they "didn't look too good". Fair enough. When I opened the red apples to place them in my fruit basket I noticed they were red delicious apples.
What? Who eats red delicious apples? We don't and I can't really give a good reason as to why, other than the fact that I'm not that fond of them. I find them soft and mealy and much prefer a Gala, Empire or Honeycrisp (oh, how I love me a Honeycrisp apple).
This, of course, created a long discussion about apples and he challenged me to put it out here on my blog and find all the Red Delicious apple eaters (he feels there are many). Are there any of you out there? Now I'm simply curious about kind of apples you like to eat - please do let us know.
In any case, regardless of your choice of apple, here is a delicious caramel sauce to enjoy with them. Made with a touch of vanilla and some lavender, this is a wonderful way to make basic apples a tasty dessert. Serve up a selection of sliced apple pieces with a bowl of this gooey sauce and everyone in your family will be happy. Even if they're eating the Red Delicious variety.
1/4 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the brown sugar and cream and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. The mixture will thicken as it cools. Serve slightly warm.