Peanut Butter Caramel Dip with Sliced Apples

Peanut Butter Caramel Dip with Sliced Apples Recipe

Yesterday, I packed some grapes for the girls when packing their school lunches. I thought I would make something different today. I had a little leftover caramel au beurre salé from the weekend. It's a sweet caramel  sauce with salted butter. We drizzle it over ice cream. I decided to mix a little creamy peanut butter into the caramel, along with some raw honey that I just discovered at the local market.

Peanut butter caramel is a great dip with any fruit, drizzled over ice cream or even on celery. Enjoy!


Yields: 6

2 Fuji apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter, diced
2 pinches fleur de sel (or regular salt), finely ground
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon crème fraîche (optional)
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 tablespoons raw honey


I usually don't peel apples. Core and thinly slice the apples into wedges. Brush the slices with lemon juice to prevent them from browning.

In a non-stick sauce pan, melt the sugar without any water over high heat. It's important to carefully watch the sugar; as soon as the edges of the pan start caramelizing, immediately lower the heat to medium-low.

Gently jiggle the saucepan in circles. Do not use a spoon! Lower the heat to the lowest setting when there are only a few remaining non-caramelized pieces. Don't let the sugar get dark brown or you'll get a burnt taste.

When all the sugar is an amber color, remove from the heat, pause for about a minute (be careful of splattering when the butter is added), then slowly add the butter and salt. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.  Bring back to the stove using the lowest setting, and add the heavy cream little by little. Let the sauce cool down a bit. Add the crème fraîche (if used), raw honey, corn syrup and peanut butter. Stir well.

I pack the apples in a plastic box and the peanut butter caramel dip in a mini snack cup so that the kids can dip their fruit in the caramel.


I tend to use Fuji or Golden Delicious apples, which are some of the sweetest varieties.

As David Lebovitz advises, to make a smoother more spreadable product, add a tablespoon of light corn syrup to the sugar.

Once the sauce is completely cool, you can store it in a jar for up to 2 weeks in your refrigerator.

You can also fill a plastic squeeze bottle to drizzle the sauce over your favorite dessert. I drizzled some on a sweet cream glacé

I just discovered this wonderful Manuka honey from New Zealand that is to die for. You can substitute agave nectar or just simply omit it if you want the sauce to be less sweet.

Raw Honey Picture

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on August 25, 2009.


[-] Julia @ Mélanger - Guest-JuliaMlanger
My little eyes lit up when I saw this - and your other post earlier in the year with the most delicious looking caramel I've ever seen. This is going to come in handy very soon. Thank you, Jackie! Thank you! :)

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[ Posted at 4:41 AM on 8/25/09 | Reply ]
Never had this before, sounds really delicious!

nora@ffr Website Link
[ Posted at 8:45 AM on 8/25/09 | Reply ]
Fabulous snack idea!

zoe Website Link
[ Posted at 8:45 AM on 8/25/09 | Reply ]
[-] F - Guest-cassie
Wow! That looks great. Wonderful picture. I would love a taste.

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[ Posted at 10:43 AM on 8/25/09 | Reply ]
[-] great combo - Guest-lisaiscooking
I'm a big fan of salted caramel, and the addition of peanut butter sounds great for apples!

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[ Posted at 4:49 PM on 8/25/09 | Reply ]
A delightful way to eat apples! I've had Manuka honey in New Zealand and we brought some back but of course it's long gone now. I would love to get it again - where did you find it?

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie Website Link
[ Posted at 9:08 PM on 8/25/09 | Reply ]
[-] Manuka honey - Jackie

I bought it in an Indian store in Santa Clara. You can also find it online. Hope this helps!

[ Posted at 9:28 PM on 8/25/09 | Reply ]
Yum! This is truly a great recipe! I love caramel au beurre salé - it is even a specialty where I live - but with peanut butter added gives it an oomph that I simply love! Beautiful!

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[ Posted at 1:09 AM on 8/26/09 | Reply ]
[-] a real treat - Guest-Joannainthekitchen
Your peanut butter caramel sauce must be sooo delicious on apples. I have to try this recipe.

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[ Posted at 2:24 AM on 8/26/09 | Reply ]
Oh yummy!!

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[ Posted at 5:53 AM on 8/26/09 | Reply ]

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