Caramel Apple Crumble Bars

Caramel Apple Crumble Bars 


By: www.bakingboy.com

INGREDIENTS

Apple Filling
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into small pieces 
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dough
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
12 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel Filling
11 ounces of caramel candies 
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Butter a 9x9 baking pan.

Note: For easier removal, butter and line the pan with parchment then butter the parchment.

2. In a large skillet melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. Add apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Sauté for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugars, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir and combine. Add butter chunks, egg, and vanilla. Combine well using a pastry blender until mixture comes together and becomes crumbly.

4. Take two thirds of the dough and evenly press it down into the baking pan. Bake for 12 minutes.

5. While the base is baking, make the caramel filling. In a medium saucepan, combine unwrapped caramels and whipping cream. Melt over medium heat and stir frequently until combined and melted. Pour onto the base and spread evenly. Add the baked apple filling over the caramel and spread evenly. Add the remaining one third of the dough to the top, covering apples.

6. Bake on the middle rack for 25 minutes or until the top is a golden brown. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.
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