Sunday, October 25, 2009

Caramel Apple Crisp

Caramel...goooooood, Apples...goooooood, Caramel+Apples+Crisp... Awesome!

Caramel Apple crisp

This isn't the first apple crisp in this household over the past week. The first one we made was in the oven for 10 minutes before the apartment buildings fire alarm blaringly forced us out of our apartment while I freaked out trying to figure out if it was me that set it off. All I could smell was burnt apples which didn’t make me feel any better about the situation. Luckily it wasn't, but the trouble wasn’t over yet. I followed the smell down the hallway to find that my friend across the way was trying to make her first apple pie with a recipe that I had given to her.

Fortunately crisis was averted and her pie joined my apple crisp in our oven while the fire fighters were called off. By the end of the night we each had two servings of our freshly baked apple crisp and there was nothing to show for it but an empty dish to wash and some satisfied bakers!

The second time I made this crisp I ended up standing over the dish with spoon in hand at the end of the night. I was originally just going to put it away but ended up spooning bite after bite into my mouth. I finished off a good half of the dish.

The third one was made late last Friday night. My roommate Adam was leaving for Quebec City for the weekend and wanted to bring something sweet to his family. Unfortunately he didn’t mention anything about this until 12:00am so I had my pj's on and was about to crawl into bed when the idea came up. If this was any other recipe I don't think I would have done it but I couldn’t withhold this wonderful dish from anyone, and I'm glad I lost sleep over it!

Caramel Apple crisp

So yes, this is the fourth apple crisp this week therefore Ian and I thought that we might switch it up a little. We were contemplating cranberries or pears, but no. We intended to go all the way so we stopped in at Confection Sparkles, the local (and largest in Canada) candy store where we found every different shape and kind of caramel. Deciding to keep this batch simple, we stuck to the little square caramels. When they came out of the oven I brought down one of these little ramekins to the candy connoisseur, the owner of Confection Sparkles, and we will soon know if our little addition passes the test!

Caramel Apple Crisp
Loosely adapted from Martha Stewart
Tip: use a deep 8x8 inch pyrex dish

Topping:
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
2/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

Apples:
8 apples,cored,peeled, and cut into slices or enough apples to fill your pyrex dish.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 cup chopped square caramels

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In your pyrex baking dish toss apples with lemon juice, cinnamon,nutmeg,cornstartch, and sugar. In a large bowl mix together flour, caramel pieces, salt, and both sugars. Cut butter into flour until mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Add oats and squeeze mixture together to form a couple clumps. Sprinkle the topping mixture over the apples. Place baking dish on a baking sheet, and bake until golden and bubbling, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

8 comments:

♥peachkins♥ said...

hmmnn.. I might try your recipe..

Questnet said...

This looks good..:)
Dropping by to say hi.

Lauren said...

Gorgeous photos! You're completely right - caramel & apples are perfect together =D.

Oh no! 4 crisps in a week - hope you don't get tired of them anytime soon! Glad the fire alarm ruin the day!

Valérie said...

Haha, with some recipes (basically anything crispy), I know the fire alarm is going to go off at some point. Luckily, it goes off in the apartment before reaching the whole building, so I have time to shut it off before the firemen are alerted.

The apple crisp looks fabulous! And it sounds like it was as good as it looks. But you know what they say: an apple crisp a day...

A.D said...

That "late night" session cooking ? Twas excellent and enjoyed by all back home. Gracias la roomate for your assistance for yet another deliciousness well... delicious !

Junglefrog said...

Oo, I can so imagine the fire alarm situation... lol... Love your caramel apple crisp and can't wait to find out what they thought about it over at confection sparkles! They might even want to sell it... :)

Chocolate Shavings said...

I like the idea of small caramels in the apple crisp! I think I'm going to make apple crisp again today - this looks too good!

Nancy said...

What a great idea. I need to try this soon.