WJBK - This recipe for Michigan apples with caramel sauce and candied walnuts comes courtesy of Amber Poupore, owner of Royal Oak's Cacao Tree Café.
MICHIGAN APPLS WITH CARAMEL SAUCE AND CANDIED WALNUTS
1. Make candied walnuts:
Toss 2 c. walnuts in a bowl with 1/8 c. maple syrup, 1/4 c. organic dark brown sugar and 1 t. cinnamon, coating thoroughly. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees, until the sweeteners have dried. Do not over bake; they will burn fast. May be stored at room temperature.
2. Make caramel sauce:
Pit 10-12 dried medjool dates, insuring to remove all stems. Place in high speed blender with 3/4 c. pure maple syrup, 1/2 t. cinnamon and a pinch of mineral salt. Blend until smooth.
3. Drizzle caramel over freshly sliced Michigan apples and candied nuts.