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Salted Caramel Apple Crisp

Warm apple crisp coated in homemade caramel sauce then topped with a buttery crumble and rich salted caramel topping.

A baked fruit dessert with a crumbly top is what typically comes to mind when hearing "crisp". While referred to as an Apple Crisp in the United States, in the United Kingdom it is called an Apple Crumble. A Crisp is cooked in a way that it gets done, dry and sometimes even a little burnt. In this recipe, the Apple Crisp is taken to the next level when coated with a homemade caramel sauce and topped with a buttery crumble and more of the salted caramel sauce.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Difficulty: Medium

INGREDIENTS

For the caramel sauce:
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • ¼ Cup water
  • ¾ Cup heavy cream
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sea salt
 
For the Apples:
  • 4 apples, cored and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp apple pie spice (or 1½ tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp nutmeg)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
 
For the crumble:
  • 1 Cup flour
  • ⅓ Cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ Cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the sugar and water over medium-high heat. It will boil for several minutes and then begin to turn golden brown. Once it turns golden, remove from heat and begin wisking while adding in the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble and spit so be careful but wisk constantly.
  3. Add in the butter, vanilla and sea salt then place over low heat, wisking frequently, until butter is melted and the caramel sauce is well-combined. Remove from heat.
  4. To prepare the apples, heat a frying pan over medium heat (I used Swiss Diamond 11" fry pan). Add the butter and melt completely. Add in the apples, apple pie spice, salt and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally or until the apples begin to soften.
  5. Pour in half the homemade caramel sauce into the frying pan with the apples and mix well. Remove from heat.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the crumble and mix until crumbles form. Sprinkle over top of the apple mixture and place your fry pan in the oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Broil for 1 - 2 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown.
  8. Using potholders, remove from oven and drizzle with remaining caramel sauce.
  9. Serve warm. Top with ice cream if desired.

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