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 🙂
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
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
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.
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.
Remove 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!
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.
Rob 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!