Chocolate Covered Apples

Just the other week, I was out with friends in Dundas, Ontario. While it’s minutes away from where I live, I haven’t actually stopped by to check the area out. So when I saw the opportunity to eat at Bangkok Spoon Deluxe with friends, I thought it would be a great way to stop by and check out the area.

Afterwards, we stop by Beanermunky Chocolate. Celebrating their 5th year anniversary in Dundas, Ontario, they gave out chocolate covered apple samples. Best ever! While I plan on returning to the shop to buy more treats, I decided to try making these treats on my own. While not perfect, they were pretty good for a first try.

I went to Bulk Barn to buy these items. While I didn’t have to buy Belgian chocolates, I decided to do something different. Last time I made frozen chocolate dipped bananas, I used dark chocolate. While okay for the most part, I made it only once. Belgian chocolates sounded amazing. They were also twice the price of other chocolates. The result was that it gave a rich, creamier taste. I would do it again. Just a note – you don’t need a lot of chocolate if you have only a couple of apples. I didn’t even use all of the chocolate I bought.

Ingredients:

Apples
Belgian Dark Chocolates
Christmas nonpareils
3 TBS Canola Oil
Candy Sticks

Chocolate Covered Apples

Chocolate Covered Apples

Chocolate Covered Apples

To melt the chocolate, I melted it on a double boiler. (I took a truffle making workshop a while ago.) If you melt chocolate directly on a pan over heat, it will burn easily. Also, once melted, it won’t take long before it will start to clump. I’m not sure if it’s because I had the pot on low fire or if it’s the Belgian chocolates, but it didn’t clump as fast.

Melting Chocolate on a double boiler

Once I melted the chocolate, I lower the heat to keep the chocolate melted without clumping. This will allow me to cut the apples and put in the candy sticks. Being my first time, it was a bit messy. Once the stick was on, I can easily just dip the cut apples into the melted chocolate and then the sprinkles. I had the wax paper all ready to put the chocolate dipped apples onto. I put a few onto a plate and the chocolate stuck onto the plate. I put it in the freezer for 30 minutes to freeze quicker. Afterwards, it can be kept in the fridge.

Note – probably best to serve it the same day it’s made.

Result
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I would definitely do this as a treat at the family Christmas party.

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Fall in Ontario

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

For the past month, I’ve been busy photographing and editing. This year has brought on milder weather in the fall and has allowed many Ontarians to go out and enjoy the changing of colours. The weather has now only come down to its normal range of 6°c – 9°C. Rattlesnake Point in Milton connects to the Bruce trail. It is part of the Niagara escarpment that runs 885km from the Niagara region to Tobermory in Northern Ontario. It links many parks and has some campgrounds along the way. They also host many events for families, even in winter. During a very warm Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, thousands of people came to at least a portion of the trails according to an employee. For those who wish to walk part or the whole trail can do so with provided trail maps. The length of time it takes to complete it is up to you with a minimum completion time of 30 days. There are also some opportunities to rock climb. There are hooks for harnesses to latch onto. Here are some of what I captured.

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© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

Although Chudleigh’s Farm is one of the most famous apple farms started by a prominent family, there are other farms around Milton. These photos are taken at Springridge Farm.

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© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

Nikon D7000 allows photographs to be turned into sketches using the editing tool right in the camera. This photograph is the same apple photo from above turned into a sketch. Below the apple photo is a display of gourds photographed and turned into a sketch.

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

Daisies still in bloom today in my garden, but you can see it’s starting to wilt. Today’s temperature: 9°C.

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