Delicious Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars is a divine fall dessert with apples. This recipe takes a new twist on my Salted Caramel Apple Crisp Bars with Maple Glaze.
The streusel on top with Oats, Flour, and butter gives a nice crunch to these bars and the salted caramel sauce on top adds to the moisture of these bars. The inner layer is that of sweetened apples with Cinnamon, Butter, and loads of Walnuts. These taste just like A Classic Old-Fashioned Apple Pie but are in the shape of bars and also the crumb on top makes it feel like it's an Apple Crumble dessert. Talking about apples have you checked out my - Stuffed Baked Apples or Southern Fried Apples or Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Breakfast Bowls
Delicious Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Craving for that sweet and spicy Apple Pie. Well, if you do not want to wait that long to bake a pie or want to get a little adventurous and try something new, then this variation to the classic Apple Pie will be your go-to Thanksgiving dessert recipe. This divine Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars with Sweet Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Coated Apples topped with a layer of Salted Caramel and Walnuts, is a sweet, crunchy, and moist fall dessert recipe.
Let's talk taste:
Crunchy on the outside with nice, caramelized Apple flavors on the inside, with the crunch of Walnuts, brings in a festive fall flavor to this Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars.
These taste just like Apple Pie. The same Apple Pie filling with the same crunch on top with some coarse sugar on top.
The only difference is the chewiness which is due to the baked Rolled Oats. Baked Oats brings in a classic Chewiness to any recipe.
Salted Caramel is one of the classic combinations with Apples. It brings out the flavors of Apples. Whether you are using Green Apples or Red Apples, Salted Caramel is a classic addition to any apple dessert.
How to make Salted Caramel Sauce at home?
You can, of course, melt Caramel bars which are easily found in the stores in your oven. However, if you wish to make your own Salted Caramel sauce, here's the recipe.
First, add the sugar to a Pan over a high flame. Keep stirring and allow the sugar to slowly change color.
The moment, it's starting to get brown from one side, add the water. Do not wait for the entire sugar to get brown as the trick with Caramel is you got to be pro-active. You got to think in advance.
When your Caramel looks Ambre, it's actually gonna get brown later when you get it in a glass jar or a white bowl. When your Caramel sauce looks brown in the pan, chances are it's got burnt already.
So, be careful with it. If you have a white Pan, it's the best because then you can see the actual color.
However, I suggest taking it off the flame when it's starting to get Amber colored because the heat already built up in the sugar will cook your Caramel sauce for some more time and it might get burnt in the process.
So, melt the sugar and add the water. Also, once it starts to bubble, add some butter and some vanilla extract.
Also, add some Sea Salt to it and stir until you get an amber colored viscous sauce ready. Take it off the heat and use immediately or else it'll crystalize.
How to make Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars?
First, start with making the Apple filling. For this peel, core and chop the apples into small cubes. To this add flour, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon. Mix everything and keep aside.
Now we'll make the lower base. For this add Flour, Melted Butter, Brown Sugar, and Vanilla Essence ina bowl and mix together to make a soft dough.
Press the dough and flatten it in an 8x8 inches parchment paper-lined baking tray.
Smoothen it on the top with your palm and spread to the edges. Now, Bake this for 15 minutes at 350 F or 180 C.
Meanwhile, we'll have to quickly make the last part of this recipe, which is the crumb or the streusel.
For this in a mixing bowl, take some old-fashioned rolled Oats, some flour, Coarse sugar, Baking Soda, and Cold butter cubes in a bowl. Mix it with your hands until you get a pea-sized crumbly mixture ready.
Finally, when your base is ready, take it out, top it with a layer of the Apple filling, followed by the Walnuts, and finally add a layer of Salted Caramel.
Top it with the Streusel and bake it at 400 F or 200 C for 30 minutes.
After it's baked, take it out and cool it down completely before you cut it into squares.
Top with some more Salted Caramel Sauce and serve.
So, that's how you make perfectly delicious Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars in the comfort of your home.
How to store these Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
You can store these Apple Pie Bars in an air-tight container int the freezer for 5-6 days. Also, store at room temperature in an Air Tight Container for up to 2-3 days.
Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
- 3 Qts Apples Peeled, Cored & Chopped
- ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
- ¼ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
- ½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- ¼ Cup Salted Butter Melted
- ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Essence
- ¼ Cup Rolled Oats
- ¼ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- ¼ Cup Coarse Sugar
- 1 Cup Cold Butter chopped
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- Line an 8by8 inch Baking tray with Parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350 F or 180 C
- Melt Caramel in the oven or make your own Salted Caramel sauce.
- Peel, Core and Chop the Apples and mix it with brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Mix well and keep aside.
- In a mixing bowl add the flour, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla essence. Mix everything well and make a soft dough. Press the dough into an 8by8 in a lined baking tray and spread to the sides to make a proper base. Bake this base for 15 minutes at 350 F or 180 C
- In a mixing bowl add the Rolled Oats, Flour, Coarse Sugar, Baking Soda, and Cold butter. Mix it with your hands until you get a pea-sized crumbly mixture.
- Finally, when the base is ready, top it with the Apple Filling, followed by some Walnuts and the Salted Caramel Sauce
- Top with a layer of the Streusel and bake at 400 F or 200 C for 30 minutes. Cool it down completely before you cut it into squares.
- Top with some more Salted Caramel Sauce and keep aside.