Creamy Caramel Apple Dip
Easy Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce (recipe below)
Marshmallow Cream Cheese Spread (recipe below)
5-8 Sliced Large Granny Smith Apples (soaked in ginger ale soda to prevent browning)
On a platter spread a nice layer of Marshmallow Cream Cheese Spread. Drizzle Easy Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce all over the cream cheese layer. Right before serving, put sliced apples all around the platter surrounding the cream cheese caramel dip. Serve.
Easy Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce
1 cup sugar
¼ tsp. kosher salt
2 Tbsp. corn syrup
2 Tbsp. water
1/8 tsp. lemon juice
½ cup hot heavy cream
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla
Stir the sugar, 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, corn syrup, water and lemon juice together in a 2-cup microwave-safe measuring cup or medium glass bowl. Microwave until the caramel is just barely starting to take on some color, 5-8 minutes (depending on your microwave). This is the point where you really need to have faith - don't be tempted to keep heating the caramel in the microwave until it is darker.
Place the measuring cup on your counter and just let it sit undisturbed. Over the next few minutes the caramel will darken to a nice amber color.
In the meantime, if you haven't already, heat your cream in a microwave safe measuring cup or small glass bowl until it is hot, usually about 1-2 minutes. If you add cold cream to the caramel sauce it will seize up, and though you can fix it by setting it over low heat and stirring, it's easier to just start with hot cream.
Once the caramel reaches the right color, add the hot cream, a few tablespoons at a time. It will bubble up intensely, but it won't overflow. After you've added all of the cream, stir to incorporate then add the butter, vanilla and remaining kosher salt. Once the caramel cools you can store it in the refrigerator (it is good for a few weeks). Gently reheat it when you want to use it.
Cream Cheese Spread
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese (softened)
1 large jar marshmallow fluff
1 tsp. vanilla
In standing mixer beat cream cheese until smooth. Add marshmallow fluff, beat until fluffy. Add vanilla, beat until incorporated.
Sliced Granny Smith Apples
Slice 5-8 large Granny Smith apples. Soak in ginger ale soda for ten minutes. This process keeps the apple slices from turning brown, and keeps the apples tasting like apples. Dry apples off and place on platter.