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We’re only a few weeks away from the official beginning of Fall, and I’m already knee deep in Fall Recipes. I just can’t help it, Fall to me is cool, brisk weather, when leaves change color and the sun sets earlier. It’s also cinnamon, pears, apples and caramel, and a season for baking.
Can you tell it’s the most wonderful time of the year in my eyes?
I love everything about Fall Recipes. What I love even more is that not only is October is both National Apple Month AND National Caramel Month – but there’s also a National Caramel Apple DAY in October! To help you prepare for it early I wanted to bring you a few caramel apple recipes based on the newest flavor this season from M&M’s! Yes, there’s a new flavor for the season, and it’s called Candy Apple, based on the delicious caramel apples you can find at most harvest festivals and carnivals.
Last week I was on a mad search for this flavored candy, and unfortunately it’s more elusive than I thought because I couldn’t find it anywhere within 100 miles of me! No worries though, I picked up a few of my other favorite M&M candies and decided to incorporate them into my own apple recipes that I created, inspired by all the wonderful ideas on the Flavor Of Fall tumblr page. You can also download couponds for $1 off any two (2) Mott’s sauce or Mott’s juice drink and $1.50 off any two (2) M&M’s brand chocolate candies, both will help you make these fun Fall recipes!
I made some homemade caramel, and it’s just enough to use in both of these recipes. It’s so easy to make, just be sure that you don’t cook the water and sugar too long because it can be quick to burn! For the bread I based the recipe on my most recent banana bread recipe, making a few changes by adding diced apples and Mott’s applesauce instead of oil and drizzling the homemade caramel between layers of batter to create caramel swirls. It tastes just like caramel apple, and I made the glaze by using Mott’s apple juice! I topped it with some crushed M&M’s for fun color and an extra oomph. Everyone loved it!
The milkshake was super easy, and I added apples, applesauce and apple juice in addition to caramel and vanilla ice cream. It’s thick and has a bite to it, just like granny smith apples and a smooth sweetness thanks to the caramel. Since it’s still 100 degrees here in California, this really hit the spot and reminded me that the Fall season is just around the corner
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
Caramel Apple Bread
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
- 2 tablespoons of prepared caramel *see recipe above
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1-1/2 tablespoon apple juice
- *1/4 cup milk chocolate M&M’s, crushed for garnish
Caramel Apple Milkshake
- 3 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 2 tablespoons prepared caramel *see recipe above
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- *whipped cream & caramel for garnish
Spread the last tablespoon of caramel over the batter.
Spoon the last 1/3 of the batter on top, being sure that it’s evenly spread over the pan.
Place in preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
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Do you remember my recipe last year using seasonal M&M’s too? I made mini white chocolate cheesecakes inspired by last years seasonal flavor (the white chocolate candy corn M&M’s) and I added a copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice to the mix also using Mott’s Apple Juice.
They were so good! This year I headed to Walmart for my supplies and picked up my M&M’s where I can always find them, in the candy aisle.