I have an addiction to Sally's Baking Addiction.
Yes, this weeks recipe comes from none other than the baking queen herself, my inspiration: Sally.
When I was out for dinner in London last week (I went to Bills and oh dear god is that place delicious!) I rediscovered my love of Apple Crumble. When I'm indulging in something sweet I tend to go for whatever chocolate option is on the menu and steer clear of the fruit varieties. This week, however, the apple crumble in Bills put me in my place and completely outranked any other desert I've had in a restaurant in the past while.
So, needless to say, I wanted more.
Apple crumble, however, is really hard to share and dish out to your friends (and my Mom's ever jealous work colleagues who read my blog and get very mad at me for not sharing my baked treats with them!). So, in an effort to be more generous and not keep all of the crumble to myself, I decided on Caramel Apple Pie Bars.
Whenever I see recipes that involve layering, I shy away fearing that they'll be too difficult to replicate (best leave that to the pros, one my say), but I decided to give them a go and found that these bars are so easy. I literally had everything done within the hour and was left waiting the 2 hours cooling time before I could dig in (that was the hardest part, let me tell you!).
I'm going to reprint the recipe for you below, but be sure to go show Sally some love!
115g unsalted butter, melted
50g granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt (Note: I used regular, salted butter and left out the extra salt)
125g all-purpose flour
2 large apples, peeled a sliced thinly
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (Note: I didn't have nutmeg so I put a bit more cinnamon in. Any excuse, right?)
70g light or dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
30g all-purpose flour
60g unsalted butter, cold and cubed
Homemade salted caramel sauce
Note: I doubled the streusel topping as I felt like mine needed a bit more, but that's totally up to you!
1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Line an 8x8 inch baked pan with aluminium foil, leaving an overhang on the sides
2. Make the Crust: Stir the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla and salt (if using) together in a bowl. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the lined baking pan. Cook in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
3. Make the Apple Filling: Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix until everything is combined. Set aside.
4. Make the Streusel Topping: Mix the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour in a bowl until evenly combined. Rub in the butter with your hands until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Set aside
5. Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to 170 degrees Celsius.
6. Evenly layer the apples on top of the crust. You may think you have too many apples so layer them tightly and press down so they fit.
7. Sprinkle the apples with the streusel topping.
8. Cook in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until the topping is golden brown.
9. Leave to cool for 20 minutes before transferring to the fridge to cool for another 2 hours.
10. Lift out of the pan with the foil overhang and cut into bars.
11. Pour caramel sauce on top.
Let me know if you give these a try, they're too good to put into words!