There's a couple of great things great about this recipe. It tastes like apple pie :) and you can triple the recipe and bake it in a 15x17 inch pan and have enough to serve a mob at your holiday table. And don't forget ... topped with ice cream and a drizzle of bourbon caramel sauce and you have a perfectly delicious grown-up dessert. My traveling husband loved it and deemed it delicious!
A simple short bread crust creates a nice simple layer on the bottom.
Fresh sliced Granny Smith apples are cooked down with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to make a sweet, tender fruit layer.
If you're serving adults, it won't hurt to add a glug, swig, or splash of bourbon at this point too.
Topped with a mixture of toasted walnuts, oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon and butter it's ready to bake! This recipe may be made a few days in advanced so it saves time too. Store the bars in a airtight container at room temperature up to four days.
The Bourbon Caramel Sauce can also be made a few days ahead making this dessert perfect for your holiday table.
For the Crust:
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
dash kosher salt
For the Filling:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup water, as needed
For the topping:
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted & rough chopped
1 cup quick cooking oats
2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 heaping teaspoon baking soda
1/8 heaping teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick unsalted chilled butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 11x7 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Beat the butter and sugar at medium speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in the flour and salt until a soft dough forms. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the dough is set but not brown.
In a large skillet melt the butter and brown sugar. Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, over medium high heat until softened. Stir the water, cinnamon and nutmeg into the apple mixture and cook another 5 minutes or until the apples are caramelized, tender and the liquid is absorbed. Set aside to cool while preparing the topping.
In a medium mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, soda and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resemble coarse meal. Stir in the walnuts and press the topping into clumps.
Spread the apples over the crust and sprinkle with the topping. Press the topping down into the apples to make an even layer. Bake about 40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Cool completely then cut into 2-inch bars.
Bourbon Caramel Sauce
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons water
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon bourbon
1/2 teaspoon Fleur De Sel salt
Combine the sugar and water in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to simmer. Swirl the pan but do not scrape the sides. Continue cooking until the caramel becomes a deep brown amber color. Remove from the heat and add the cream. Whisk taking care not to scrape the sides of the pan. Add the bourbon and salt and whisk until smooth. Cool and store in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
(recipe adapted from Food and Wine. Bourbon Caramel Sauce adapted from Williams-Sonoma)
We enjoyed a long three day weekend and actually did something we hardly ever do - we went to a movie! We watch movies at home but rarely go out to the theater. We saw Gravity in 3D IMAX and I must admit, I hardly took a deep breath the entire movie. It is seriously intense and suspenseful - wow. If felt exhausted when we left the theater. I need to get out more - haha.
I didn't want the day to get by without wishing my son Patrick and his wife Callie - a very Happy 1st Anniversary! I can't believe they've been married a year already. It was a gorgeous wedding and she was a stunning bride. Such fun!
Have a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by!