A baking apple is one that holds its
shape well and has a good balance of acid and sugar. Your favorite baking apples
will likely be different from the ones you enjoy raw as a snack; they're
generally more tart and less sweet. A low-acid, high-sugar variety, like Gala,
is great fresh but becomes quite bland when baked. Rome Beauty, on the other
hand, develops a more pronounced flavor when cooked.
These varieties are considered good for baking:
Mutsu (also called Crispin)
Rhode Island Greening
Apple Caramel Crock Pot Dessert
1 C. apple juice
14 oz. caramel candies
2 t. vanilla
1 t. cinnamon
2/3 C. peanut butter
Peel, core and cut each apple into 16 wedges. Set aside.
Combine apple juice, caramels, vanilla and cinnamon in the crockpot. Add the
apples. Add the peanut butter by teaspoons to the apples. Stir.
Cook and cover for 5 hours on Low. Stir to mix thoroughly and cook 1 more hour.
Serve over angel food cake with vanilla ice cream.