Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Caramel Apple Bars

This time of year I begin dreaming of apples. Granny Smith, Pink Lady and Gala are among my favorites. On fall weekends, my family is thrilled to wake to the scent of apple waffles or cider muffins. Homemade applesauce usually finds its way into our refrigerator. And afternoons might find me experimenting with apple pie recipes or other baked apple treats.

An abundance of apples, whether from an apple-picking venture on a local farm or from a recent trip to Costco, calls for extreme fits of baking. My first apple treat of this fall season: Caramel Apple Bars. An oat-pecan crust is topped with layers of sliced apples. A simple homemade caramel is drizzled on top and then baked into a bubbling mass of apple heaven.

Caramel lovers will have a tough time not diving in face-first. The caramel sinks in and around the apples and turns a simple apple bar into an amazing dessert.

Slices are reminiscent of apple pie. Really good apple pie.

Tonight I plan to be lost in thoughts of savory apple dishes... apples paired with chicken or pork, and favorite autumn apple salads... that is, while I'm eating a slice of this for dessert.

This recipe can be found HERE.

70 comments:

Manggy said...

YEAH!! Sounds like a plan! ;) "Bubbling mass of apple"-- I like that ;) Consider me wishing to be face half-submerged in this dessert!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

So perfect fo the beggining of fall, althout I'm sure I could have it all year round! I'm sure it's delicious with that caraml!

Patsyk said...

Oh, yes, caramel and apples... gotta have some of those! Yum!

Emily said...

Holy cow! These look like a total delight! I am definately going to try these babies out!

Happy cook said...

Oh i am sure going to check out that recipe link.
This looks so delicious.
I love granny smith and pink lady.

Happy cook said...

Just checked your recipe.
I don't get corn syrup here can i substitute with honey
And what are rolled oats

Stacey said...

I'm not a big fan of apple pie, but I think I would love this! The caramel won me over. :)

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Oh My those just look sinful. What a nice fall treat.

RecipeGirl said...

Happy Cook,
Hmmm... I didn't realize that they did not have corn syrup outside of the US. Here's a link I found that discusses possible replacements:
http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf21362042.tip.html

As far as the rolled oats... old fashioned oats (oatmeal) is fine.

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Lori, thank you so much for stopping by my site. I hope you do try the Piloncillo Pound Cake. It's really good.

Talking about good.. Those Caramel Apple Bars look amazing. I've made pecan pie bars, but never these. Apples are my favorite fruit, so you can be sure that I will be making your recipe. Great post my friend.

Gretchen Noelle said...

These do look delicious! I will have to see about whipping some of these up with all my apples! Thanks!

Anita said...

Apples and caramel - who can resist that combination!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Yum pretty much sums this one up!! WOW this would be a huge hit in my house. Love it.

Happy cook said...

Thankyou for the info.
Yeah we are not that lucky enought to get cron syrup here i have seen in a lot of recipes and searched for it here, but till now no luck

alexandra's kitchen said...

oh man. this reminds me of something I broke my braces on way back in high school when I was supposed to avoid foods like this at all costs. These look incredible!

Stephanie said...

Oh wow, that looks so delicious! I love baked apple desserts. Add caramel, and I'm so there!

HoneyB said...

Man, I could mow right into that recipe. Looks so gooey and chewy. Yummy!

Bridgett said...

Who can resist these? They look delectable and I can just imagine how they taste. Now you have me thinking of waking up to cinnamon waffles as well!

Brilynn said...

I just made caramel apple pies! These bars look fantastic.

Kim said...

The beginning of fall just screams apples, and I love the desserts that come with it. Apples, caramel in the shape of a bar, yes- I want this now.

Deborah said...

Yeah, that caramel has me drooling! I need to go get some apples right away!

Katrina said...

Dang! That looks so good!

Ivy said...

I love apples and apple pies and must definitely try these.

Stephanie said...

Apples plus caramel in anything is divine! These look super yummy!

Peter M said...

Oh my, I might forgo dinner to eat just dessert like this!

Adam said...

Lori, everything you make is great, but I think you especially rock at Fall food :) These bars are a hit without even making them yet :)

Sylvie said...

I can just about imagine the divine smell and taste.

That Girl said...

I feel the same way about fall and apples. I'm very much looking forward to my first ever Julian trip!

Tanya said...

Oh yeah....these are on my menu for this week! They look awesome :)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Caramel apples bring back all the wonderful memories of childhood, Fall, and even Halloween. Will definitely try these bars.

Sara said...

Oh my, these look beyond awesome! Galas are my favorite and I'm so happy they are in season now. I could eat a couple of them a day!

Sara said...

These look really delicious, I want some right now!

Divya said...

That looks sinfully delicious. You have a great collection of recipes here. Good job.

CookiePie said...

YUM! Those bars look FANTASTIC!!!

Cakespy said...

Oh yes, yes, yes!! These are perfection!

noble pig said...

OMG, no convincing here, that is gorgeous! Now, if we could just get some cool weather!

Jenny said...

Perfect for fall, bring on the apples!

Erinn@Sunday Dish said...

stop.
it.
now.
That's all I have to say about how much I love the sound of this dish.
Caremel apples are just one of those ultimate kid treats - made better by you because now, it's perfect with coffee.
Yum!

Nina Timm said...

Stop, stop...my sweet tooth is working overtime with all these yummee treats!!!!

VeggieGirl said...

MAAAAAAARRRRRVELOUS!!!!! Caramel apples are practically synonymous with autumn festivities; and in bar form?? Brilliant!!

Looking forward to seeing your savory apple dishes - those should be fun/delicious, for sure!!

Deborah Dowd said...

OMG! These look so good, just perfect for these cool fall evenings (but not so great for my diet!)More incentive to get to my goal weight faster!

Debbie said...

Oh they look wonderful. Perfect snack to make this time of year....

Colleen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! And these look DELICIOUS! I am drooling just looking at them!

Katie said...

WHOAAAAAAAA! Those look SINFULLY delicious!

Stacey Snacks said...

Oh my! This is EXACTLY what I am making with all of my newly picked apples! I am salivating!

Stacey Snacks

Maria said...

That looks so good and gooey! I am a caramel fan!! Love all of the fall recipes you are sharing! Thanks!

Lydia said...

Wow, the picture actually tells you what it will be like to bite into that delightful apple bar. So moist and chewy and delicious looking! Oh, I wish I could reach through the screen, pick up your bar and wolf it down for breakfast!

Great job!

Alejandra said...

I've been bugging my BF to take me apple picking this fall. I can't wait. This will definitely go on the "to make" list once he agrees!

Daziano said...

Fall is definitely coming and apples come with it! I can't complain!

Heather said...

ohh that looks just delicious! i love caramel and apples together. mmmm!!

Sara said...

Wow!!! Your bars look delicious. I love caramel and apple.

nicole said...

Should you be allowed to post such things on here. Just looking at those will put 10 pounds on. Consider it done. I will have to make these. Who can resist apples and caramel? Looks delicious!
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susan said...

oh my gosh!! those caramel apple bars look sinfully delicious.
btw, i love ur photos :)

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Looks like you have a winner here! Great job!

Leslie said...

Evil..just plain evil!
I dont think I would be able to have these in front of me! DELISH

Megan. said...

the photos remind me of baklava. this looks so sinfully delish. and what a perfect recipe to try for fall!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Whoa. Those look like a sugar coma in a few easy bites. A very delicious swoony kind of sugar coma.

Aggie said...

I love Pink Lady apples! These bars look unbelievable! I can't wait to try them!

Reeni said...

Those look so lovely and delicious, caramel and apples have to be one of the most perfect combinations!

Sophie said...

Hehe I've been in the mood for apples too! These are perfect. I saw caramel apples in the title and my mouth started watering instantly. I've been craving caramel apples! I need to save this recipe!

Bunny said...

apple waffles and cider muffins, I'm coming to your house for breakfast !! There is nothing better than apples in the fall...nothing. I start thinking about apple recipes in august when i'm tired of being hot and am looking forward to the crisp fall days ahead. Great recipe!!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm dreaming of this, and by the looks of everyones comments they are too!!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear recipe girl
making caramel apple bars is a process and you have done very nicely....i loved it !

Anne said...

I'm so looking to making this!

white on rice couple said...

Oooh, this is a great and delicious of Fall. It looks SO, SO, GOOD!

I have to wait a few more weeks to really get a feel for the season here.

Laura said...

OMG this looks good. My blog might need to handle 2 apple bars in a short period of time.

Jon said...

Caramel apple may be my second favorite food combination next to peanut butter banana.

Tartelette said...

This is deliciously perfect! Love it!! I am afraid i'd end up eating more than my share :)

Rosie said...

Your caramel and apple bars are just beautiful!!

Wonderful fall recipe to make - thanks for sharing :)

Rosie x

Sam said...

Apples and caramel, it doesn't get much better than that!