Apple Pie Cake with homemade caramel sauce

Apples. I love apples. The incredible guilt free snack of all. “An apple a day will keep the doctor away”. They also say “If you eat the seeds you may achieve some protection from cancer”.

I remember when I was younger, scavenging the apple seeds from the core and eating them was so much fun. Adults would joke around saying that an apple tree will grow from my tummy 🙂 I can safely say that many years later I still haven´t seen trees growing out of my tummy 🙂

A week ago I bought 2 big bags of apples and I´ve been wanting to bake something that I have never baked before and here it is – apple bars or apple pie cake.    RSP_1243Crust

1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour

Filling

2 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced (1/4 inch thick)

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Topping

1/2 cup (40g) old-fashioned oats

1/3 cup (70g) light or dark brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour

1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed

To make the crust – Mix melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt together. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan, lined with aluminum foil. Bake for 15 minutes 300 F.

RSP_1101Make the apple filling – Combine the sliced apples, flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together until all of the apples are evenly coated. Set aside.

RSP_1106Top layer – Whisk the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together. Cut in the chilled butter. Mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

Remove the crust from the oven, and turn the oven up to 350F degrees. Evenly layer the apples on top of the warm crust. Layer them tightly and press them down to fit.

RSP_1113Sprinkle the apple layer with topping and bake for 30–35 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

RSP_1127Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Lift the foil out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into bars. Once cut, pour salted caramel sauce on top. These apple pie bars can be enjoyed warm or cold. The bars will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days or frozen up to 3 months – thaw overnight in the fridge, then drizzle with salted caramel before serving.

SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE

1 cup (200g) granulated sugar

6 Tablespoons (90g) salted butter, cut into pieces

1/2 cup 10 % cream

1 teaspoon salt

This was my first time making caramel sauce, it was easier than I thought! And it turned out great!

Directions:

Heat granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula. It will take some time before it starts melting. Sugar will form clumps and eventually melt into a thick brown.

RSP_1137Once sugar is completely melted, immediately add the butter. Be careful in this step because the caramel will bubble rapidly when the butter is added. Really! Be extra careful!

RSP_1146Very slowly, drizzle in 1/2 cup of cream. Since the heavy cream is colder than the caramel, the mixture will rapidly bubble and/or splatter when added. Again, be careful!

RSP_1152Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt. Allow to cool down before using.

RSP_1156Cover the caramel tightly and store for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Warm the caramel up for a few seconds before using in a recipe.

RSP_1217Rob absolutely loved the cake and the sauce!!! He gave 11 points out of 10 and he almost ate half of the cake at once. For me it was a little bit sweet and I don´t like overly sweet cakes or pies but for someone with a sweet tooth, this is for you!

 

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3 thoughts on “Apple Pie Cake with homemade caramel sauce

    • That sounds like such a treat! I love crepes, when in Paris we were always hunting for crepes 🙂 The best ones were at Crêperie Chez Yannick 😉

      • In the 16th?
        I’ll take you to Montparnasse, the quartier where Bretons arrived when they moved to Paris. This area has some famous creperies!
        Or better, we travel to Bretagne 🙂
        My favorite galette (salty crepe) is with scallops and leek. OR blue cheese and walnuts 🙂

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