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Caramel Apple Bars

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Posted to Thread #19197 at 8:48 pm on Oct 17, 2010

Found this on recipegirl's blog..looks wonderful. Now I need to convince myself to try to make caramel sauce.

CARAMEL APPLE BARS
www.RecipeGirl.com

HOMEMADE CARAMEL:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups brown sugar
cup light corn syrup
4 Tbs butter
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
tsp salt

CRUST:
1 cup brown sugar
cup butter
1 tsp ground cinnamon
tsp salt
tsp baking soda
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup ground pecans
2 cups rolled oats

FILLING:
3 cups sliced apples (about 24 ounces)
tsp salt
tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup homemade caramel

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 913-inch pan with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
2. Prepare caramel: Mix caramel ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan. Heat over medium, stirring constantly, until it reaches soft-ball stage (230-234 degrees). Remove from heat.
3. In a medium bowl, beat the brown sugar and the next 4 ingredients (through baking soda) until thoroughly combined. Mix in the flour, ground pecans and oats until crumbly. scoop out 1 cup and set aside. Place the remaining crumbs into your prepared pan and press down firmly to coat the bottom.
4. Toss apples in a large bowl with the salt and cinnamon. Arrange them over the crust. Drizzle 1 cup of warm caramel over the top and the sprinkle with the remaining crumbs you set aside.
5. Bake 35- 40 minutes until bubbly and the apples are just tender. Remove and let cool until they are just warm to the touch. Cut into squares. Try and let the bars rest until the caramel has set before serving.
Cooking Tips
*The caramel recipe makes more than you will use for this recipe, so you can pour the rest into an 88-inch pan lined with foil and let cool. Cut into squares and you have your own homemade caramel squares.

Recipe Source: Adapted from KA Cookie Companion via Desert Culinary Blog

Read more: http://www.recipegirl.com/2008/07/31/caramel-apple-bars/#ixzz12eQkBCBz


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