If you love apple crisp then you are going to love this recipe. It’s loaded with the crispness of apples and the crunchy goodness of a strudel topping.
Salted Caramel Apple Crisp
Baking is an act of love. Filled with all the time and effort and shared with those around you. I know that’s part of what inspires me to bake something yummy and decadent! Watching your loved ones gobble it up and feeling that joy surround you – it’s better eating cookie dough! When I baked this, I knew my hubby was going to love it. He’s a huge fan of anything apple, but it can’t be too sweet, this is where this recipe Salted Caramel Apple Crisp comes in. Not too sweet you say? Yes really! It’s…perfectly sweetened, but not a sugar overload. Come and check out how to create this slice of heaven for you and your loved ones!
Since I knew this was baked specifically for my hubby, I knew one component was missing – pie crust, so I added a sheet of pre-made pie crust to the bottom layer. I like to put my own spin on recipes to tweak them according to our likes or dislikes. That’s the best part of baking – in a way, you are creating your own masterpiece! I hope you get a chance to make one for yourself and your loved ones. You will get huge kudos for sure!
- 7 cups tart apples, peeled and sliced (You can use any apple type you like)
- I sheet of Pie Crust - you can use pre-made if you prefer
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 tablespoons heavy cream
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup white sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste if you have it.)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (I like using the flaky kind)
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- In a large pot over medium-high heat combine all the filling ingredients.
- Toss well to evenly mix the ingredients and stir a bit while the butter melts.
- Cook for 8-10 minutes or until apples are a little soft and the liquid has turned golden.
- Add sheet of pie crust to the bottom of pan.
- Spray pan with a dash of PAM to prevent crust from sticking to bottom.
- Turn filling into an 8x8 inch pan or 9-inch pie dish and set aside while you prep the topping.
- Stir the flour, sugar and cinnamon together in a medium-sized bowl.
- Stir in the melted butter until large crumbs form.
- Sprinkle the crumble over the apples and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden and crispy.
- Before you begin, get all your ingredients ready and have them waiting near your stove-top.
- Place a heavy-bottomed 2 or 3 qt. saucepan over medium-high heat and sprinkle about a tablespoon of the sugar into the bottom.
- Lift the pan over the heat and shake/swirl the sugar until it starts to melt.
- Continue swirling the pan around until the sugar is all clump-free and melted.
- Sprinkle some more sugar on top and repeat the "swirl and shake" over the heat until the new sugar is incorporated and melted into the first batch. (The sugar will start to caramelize at this point which is why you want to lift if off the heat, preventing it from burning.)
- Repeat the previous step with the remaining sugar, sprinkling a little at a time until it is all melted and a dark amber color.
- Add the butter and whisk until totally melted and combined.
- Remove from heat and slowly stream the cream into the caramel. (It may seize up and foam a bit!)
- Whisk it rapidly until smooth.
- Stir in the vanilla and sea salt.
- Pour caramel in a glass jar or measuring cup and allow to cool. It will last in the fridge for up to a month in an air-tight container.
- Ok, so I added extra butter, heavy cream, and brown sugar from the original recipe. Not a huge amount more, but enough to make a difference. I added a tad bit more butter and sugar for the topping as well.
The great thing about the caramel sauce is you have plenty of leftover for any dessert you want to add it too…especially ice cream!
If you have any questions about this recipe, please leave them in the comments below. This is on my list of top 10 favorite apple recipes from now on! The caramel sauce was the perfect topping and added amazing texture and flavor.
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