14 September, 2015
Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
In Michigan, apple season is huge. During fall, Michiganders flock to apple farms to pick apples, drink cider and eat donuts. It is just a way of life here, and I love it. So, in honor of apple season, I thought I would try out this recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars by Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Now I won’t lie, apple pie is not my favorite of the fruit pies. But I do enjoy a caramel apple pie, from time to time. And I really enjoy salted caramel and shortbread. And this recipe blends all those flavors together.
This recipe is made up of three separate layers; the shortbread crust, the apple filling and the streusel topping. You would think with three different recipes going on, this would be tough work! But it ended up being soooooo much easier than I thought it would.
You start off making the shortbread crust. It consist of just butter, sugar, vanilla and flour. After baking for 15 minutes, my crust had formed a little layer of butter on the top. I did sop a little bit of it up with a paper towel, but left the rest. It didn’t seem to effect the taste of the bar when it was done.
One to the filling…super simple. Mixing the thinly sliced apples with flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. You add that onto the freshly baked crust.
The topping is oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour and butter. Sprinkle that onto the apples and toss in the oven. Done!!
Now…This recipe comes with a link to a homemade salted caramel. I will be totally honest with you guys, I did not make it. I simply ran out of time, as I was taking this treat to a party. I cheated and bought Smuckers Salted Caramel topping.
This bar was awesome! The buttery shortbread married beautifully with the cinnamon apples and the crunchy streusel. The salted caramel balanced the sweetness nicely, but I did add just a couple of sea salt flakes to really hit it home. Looking for a way to make apple pie without making apple pie?? Here it is!