So I haven’t been doing much proper cooking lately (unless you count several 3am bowls of pasta) because I am trying to get some work done and apparently the British Library frowns upon people bringing camping stoves into their reading rooms. I have pretty much been living off ready meals for the last week, M&S lasagne now with only the finest Grand National winning horse, and felt it was time for something healthy again. Well, technically this is like eating a snickers bar and two apples so not entirely healthy, but hey, it’s at least one of your five a day!
I saw people talking about this recipe online a while ago but I have been saving it for a rainy day because it is just delightfully quick and easy. I made my own caramel sauce but you can just as well buy some ready-made if you are feeling even lazier than me. This is a great weekend/afternoon in front of the TV kind of recipe.
You get that much needed sugar and chocolate hit but without feeling completely disgusting afterwards; the sharpness from the apples makes a great contrast to the sweetness of the caramel sauce and peanut butter. You can add whatever you have lying around in your cupboard to this. If you are allergic to nuts, I think some plain biscuits crumbled on top would be a good alternative while also adding some crunch. This should make a nice snack for two people, by which I obviously mean I ate the entire plateful in under 15 mins.
2-3 slightly sour apples
½ tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp caramel sauce (100g sugar, 100g butter, 100ml double cream)
1 handful of nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.)
50g chocolate chips
50g shredded coconut
1. If you want to make your own caramel sauce start off with that: melt the butter and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring until they are well combined. Add double cream until you have a nice creamy caramel sauce. Any leftovers will keep well in a sealed container in the fridge.
2. Chop whatever nuts you are using into slightly smaller pieces. I used almonds and halved them so they are easier to eat with a fork.
3. Thinly slice the apples, sprinkle with lemon juice to stop them from turning brown, and arrange them on a plate.
4. Put your peanut butter into something microwave proof and microwave in 30 second bursts until nice and runny.
5. Drizzle caramel sauce and peanut butter over the apples, making sure they are covered evenly (nobody wants to eat plain apples when there is caramel around)
6. Sprinkle chopped nuts, coconut and chocolate over the apples and eat straight away. I would suggest using a fork but going in face first is awfully tempting.