Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Caramel Apple Bars

This dessert is very good but I am longing for a caramel apple pie...which is coming soon...be sure and stay tuned!

This particular recipe has a lot of butter in it so believe me it isn't the healthiest of dishes but once in awhile we must indulge!

Caramel Apple Bars:

2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups AP flour
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups butter (I use unsalted), softened
1/2 cup caramel sauce (I made my own, but store-bought would be fine)
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup chopped apple (peeled)
1/2 cup nuts, chopped

Combine the first 5 ingredients, then add butter and combine well. Press this mixture into a 13 x 9 glass baking dish.
Bake for about 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
Peel and chop apples to make at least one cup (I would use more apple the next time...at least a 1/2 cup more), add the chopped nuts and sprinkle over the baked crust.
Mix the caramel (store purchased) with the 3 tablespoons flour and drizzle over the nut mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with ice cream and caramel sauce!!!!

Caramel Sauce Recipe:
This is superior to store bought!

4 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup half-n-half
Salt, a pinch
1 tablespoon Madagascar Vanilla

Combine all ingredients (except the vanilla) in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk the ingredients together and cook until thickened (7 minutes or so). Add the vanilla and cook another minute to thicken a bit more.


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