Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Caramel Apples

Curtis and family moved to Port Arthur where I lived when we were both very young teenagers. We attended the same church and I didn't like him at all when we first met. I drew his name for a Christmas exchange and told the girls if I had to buy that boy a gift I just wouldn't go to the party! My best girlfriend shrugged and said, "I'll take his name." Later I realized that he was just shy and not a "snob."

Before we married Curtis moved to Houston to look for a job. He would come to Port Arthur on week-ends and I still feel a flutter in my heart when I think about seeing him on those special days. He told me about a young married couple in the church and said the girl looked so much like me that he would get jealous when her husband put his arm around her.

After we were married and attended the church in Houston I looked around the congregation to find that girl. I did see one I thought favored me and pointed her out to Curtis. He said, "That's her!" We became best friends with Anna Rhea and Ronale and had many good times together until they moved to Ohio.

One of the times that Anna Rhea and Ronale were visiting I made Caramel Apples and they were a real hit! A recipe from the 1950 Betty Crocker Cook Book. I loved that cook book!

I have made this caramel sauce many many times and I think it makes the best Caramel Apples ever!

Caramel Apples
2 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white corn syrup
2/3 cup butter
1 cup cream ( can use whole milk)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla

Cook 'til little dropped into cold water forms a firm ball, stirring constantly towards end of cooking period to prevent scorching. Remove from heat. Cool until mixture thickens slightly. Quickly dip each apple into the caramel mixture and twist until evenly and completely covered. Drain on waxed paper.

I cut the apples into slices and pour the sauce over the apples. But children would probably rather have the apple whole.


Plant Lady said...

Mary (Shirley),

What a great post! I love to hear stories about the ways people met and their courtship. It reminds me of some things my mama and daddy told me of their courtship. Mama was in nursing school and shared a room with another girl who was a student also. The other girl had a date with a boy who was my dad's best friend. This particular night, my dad was with him when he went to pick the other girl up for the date. Mama's roommate suggested she go with them since her date's friend came along too.
Mama did, and the rest is history.

My daddy likes to tell everone that he got Mama from a "Mental Institution", which he did! She was staying at the Psychiatric Hospital in Raleigh where she was taking her psychiatric training when they got married. It was highly unusual for nursing students to marry while in training. Somehow, they got permission from the Doctor in charge of the program and were married before she graduated. Her first nursing job was at the Moore County Hospital in Pinehurst NC.

She told me many stories of their life before my sister and I came along.

Oh! By the way, I will try the caramel apples. I love them!

Talk to you later,
Plant Lady

Mary said...

Loved your story, too! Thanks for sharing