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Salted Caramel Apple Chips with Le Petite Chef

Who doesn’t love apple chips? Well this recipe by Le Petite Chef takes it the simple apple chip to a whole other level… Dipped in caramel and finished with fleur de sel these apple chips are the perfect compliment to your Thanksgiving menu.

Salted Caramel Apple Chips:


2 apples

1/4 cup homemade or store bought caramel sauce (see how to make caramel here)

1-2 tsp Maldon sea salt


1. Heat oven to 225 degrees.

2. Slice apples 1/8 of an inch in thickness using a mandolin slicer and place in a single layer on parchment lined baking sheets.

3. Gently warm caramel in a heatproof bowl in 10 second intervals until softened.

4. Using a pastry brush, brush caramel over the top of one half of each apple slice.

5. Bake in the oven for approximately 2 hours, checking after 1 hour and removing when apple slices begin to brown. Apple slices will begin to crisp up as they cool.

6. Sprinkle lightly with salt before serving.

A big thank you to Le Petite Chef for sharing this DELICIOUS recipe (these where gone shortly after this photo was taken).

Photography: Lane Dittoe

Food: Le Petite Chef

Styling: Kelly Oshiro of SB Chic

Hair & Makeup: Jess Wilcox

Clothes: Chapala & Parker

Location: Apple Lane Farms

Holiday Baking: Homemade Caramel Bites with Toasted Pecans and Fleur de Sel

It’s holiday baking week here at SB Chic! First up: chewy caramel bites with toasted pecans. Trust me, you can’t have just one.

Get yourself a candy thermometer and be careful. The base for this recipe comes from Mark Bittman, and I like it because it’s a lot easier than other caramel recipes; by adding corn syrup, you’re ensuring that it doesn’t recrystallize mid-way through, and by putting most ingredients in at the beginning, you lower the risk of burning the caramel or yourself putting liquids in molten sugar. Let’s get started!

Chop up a cup of pecans, spreading them evenly on a baking sheet, and bake at 350F. Start checking after about 10 minutes. It should take about 15 minutes to get them nice and toasty on the outsides without burning underneath. Set them aside in a small bowl to cool.

For the caramel, put the following ingredients into a light-colored, thick-bottomed saucepan and make sure there’s plenty of extra room in there:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of cream
  • 1/2 cup of light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons of butter (1/2 stick)
  • a pinch of salt

Light colored pans are good because you can see the color, and thick pans are good because the sugar heats evenly. Turn the heat to medium and stir the caramel continuously until the sugar is dissolved. Put the spoon aside after that, and resist urges to mess with the pot while it heats.

During this time, butter an 8×8 square pyrex dish (or similar) very well, and sprinkle some sea salt or fleur de sel on the bottom. Also, measure out a teaspoon of vanilla and set it aside next to your spoon, some pot holders, and the greased dish.

The mixture will heat up and start bubbling gently, first at the edges and then all over. It will hit about 225F and stay at that temperature for some time as the water evaporates. Keep your eye on it though: it doubles in volume, and you want to make sure it doesn’t boil over. Also, as soon as the temperature starts rising above 225 F, things start to change quickly. If it looks like the caramel is heating unevenly (color appears in some places but not others), stir it very gently. You’re looking for a light brown color, where the caramel hits 245 F. On a candy thermometer, that’s just higher than “soft ball”. In a series of quick steps:

– Get your trusty spoon

– Turn off the range

– Vigorously stir in the nuts and vanilla

– Get the pot holders and pour the caramel in the 8×8 dish, like so:

It will smell awesome and look gorgeous, but now is the time to tell you: do not try to sample the caramel while it’s soft. You will burn your mouth.  Cool the dish on a rack at room temperature. It will take a while, more than an hour. When the bottom of the dish is no longer hot, use a knife to pull the sides of the caramel away from the edge of the dish all around. Use your fingers to pry the caramel out of the dish and onto a big piece of wax paper. Quickly flip it over so that the uglier bottom side stays on the bottom; that will help it flatten again as it continues to cool. If you’re a salt-hound like me, finish it with more fleur de sel:

Using a dry, room temperature metal knife, cut the square into strips, then cut the strips into little rectangles or squares. You can eat them over the next couple days, or wrap them in wax paper and they’ll keep for a few weeks (just avoid any moisture).