Apple Crisp with Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

Apple Filling:

  • 6-7 medium apples (Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or a mix are great)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Crumble Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes

Easy Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

Make the apple filling:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples. Place them in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg (if using). Sprinkle this mixture over the apples and add the lemon juice. Toss to combine.
  • Transfer the apple mixture to the prepared baking dish.

Make the crumble topping:

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Assemble the crisp:

  • Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the apple mixture.

Bake:

  • Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender when pierced with a fork.

Make the caramel sauce:

  • While the crisp bakes, combine the brown sugar, heavy cream, and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce is smooth (about 5 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and salt.

Serve:

  • Let the apple crisp cool slightly before serving. Drizzle generously with the warm caramel sauce and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Tips:

  • Customization: Add chopped pecans or walnuts to the crumble for extra crunch.
  • Serving: This crisp is delightful warm, but leftovers are still tasty at room temperature.
  • Storage: Store leftover crisp in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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