If you've read previous posts on this blog you already know about my love of all things roasted-- tomatoes, garlic, green chiles, and peppers just to name a few. I'm happy to now add apples to that list after taking some time to roast some this past weekend. They're great as a snack with some caramel sauce or dressed a bit with some ice cream, caramel and toasted walnuts.
I used pink lady apples because they are crisp and sweet with just a hint of sour. It's important to use one that will hold it's shape when cooked, so keep that in mind when choosing your apples.
Roasted Apples with Caramel Sauce
2 apples, sliced into wedges
1 tablespoon of sugar
For the apples: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl toss the apples with the sugar. Spread the wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast them for 30 minutes or until they are tender. Remove from the pan and serve with some caramel sauce on the side.
For the sauce: I had never made caramel sauce before so I did a little research before attempting it. I highly recommend using Simply Recipes' caramel sauce recipe because it's easy to follow and the final result is really good. Be sure to follow Elise's advice and have all the of the ingredients and the recipe close by when you start making it. I made the mistake of leaving the recipe in another room and, in the time it took me to run and grab it, my sugar burned and I had to start over. Trust me, the smell of burnt sugar is not pleasant. Happily, the second attempt went off without a hitch and tasted amazing.
For a complete dessert pair the apples with some vanilla ice cream, drizzle with the caramel sauce and sprinkle the top with toasted walnuts.