Caramel Apple Crunch
This recipe combines ingredients from various apple crisp recipes. You can use tart apples since they provide a balance to the sweetness of the caramels.
12 to 16 servings
8 cups sliced peeled tart apples
33 caramels, divided
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons 2% milk, divided
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/8 teaspoon salt
dash ground cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
vanilla ice cream, optional
Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Place the apples in prepared baking dish. In a heavy saucepan, melt 25 caramels with 2 tablespoons milk, stirring often; drizzle over apples.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, walnuts, salt and cinnamon; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over apples.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan, melt remaining caramels with remaining milk, stirring often until smooth. Drizzle over dessert and ice cream if desired.
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 50 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes
Amount per serving (2/3 cup): 261 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 133 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.