Feels Like Fall Apple Crisp(with homemade caramel sauce)

  Fall is in the air, and I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to make enough recipes involving apples or pumpkin.  I said OR, not AND.  Ew, pumpkin apple dessert!?  No thanks.  My apples and pumpkins like to be showcased in their OWN desserts, thank you.  🙂

  Anyhow, this simple crisp is delicious!  And the caramel sauce?  Well, that just takes it over the top!  I wish I had a photo of the finished product to show you, but alas, we gobbled it up before anyone thought to grab the camera. Oh well, maybe next time!  I did document some of the process though….did I mention these apples were picked from our very own apple tree?  First time in 8 years the weather conditions were right to allow them to turn red. Up until now, we thought there were green, tart, applesauce apples! Who knew?!

FEELS LIKE FALL APPLE CRISP  (with Homemade caramel sauce)                                                                                                                                                     

  • 10 cups Cored & Peeled Apples, Sliced In Thin Rings
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour (we Use White Wheat For Health Purposes)
  • 1 cup White Raw, Organic Sugar
  • 1 cup Old Fashion Oats
  • 2 cups White Wheat Flour (all Purpose Is Fine Too)
  • 2 cups Packed Brown Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Butter, Melted

Preheat oven to 350*.
Core, peel and slice apples.  I used this handy dandy Pampered Chef gadget called:

“The Apple Peeler Corer Slicer”   

(Say that ten times fast)

Place the sliced apple rings in a 9×13 baking dish.
Mix the white sugar, 1 T. flour, and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples.  Sprinkle with a bit of water.
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and melted butter.  Crumble evenly over apple mixture.
Bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes.
Serve with ice cream and homemade caramel sauce.

EASY HOMEMADE CARAMEL SAUCE

2 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup whole milk

  Mix the sugar and condensed milk together in medium saucepan, and cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved completely. Set aside.

 Melt the butter in another small saucepan, and stir in the vanilla and milk. Leave to simmer on
low heat until mixture is smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Slowly stir the butter mixture into the sugar mixture and leave to stand 3 to 5 minutes until mixture becomes thick.

Drizzle over apple crisp and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pour leftover caramel into a glass jar and store in refrigerator.  Or just grab a spoon…mmmmm!

 

Look at this apple, every mom needs one of these Pampered Chef APCS gadgets! 

My kids went NUTS over the apples I sliced them using this great invention.  There is even a way to slice the apples leaving the peel on, which I made them do, of course, since that is the healthiest part! 

Happy Baking!

~T 🙂

Feeling “Fall-ish”

  I am feeling “fall-ish” today! Maybe it’s because this is my view from my kitchen window. 

Or maybe because our house was COLD this morning when we all got up, or because the kiddos requested slow-cooked cinnamon raisin oatmeal for breakfast, or that we recently went to the local fruit stand for their fresh apple cider.  Maybe it’s because, even when it warms up in the afternoon, there is still crispness to the air.  Whatever it is, I am loving fall and all it entails.  

 I feel so blessed to live in a place that allows me to see all 4 seasons, and even though I could do without January and February, it’s all worth it in the end when spring shows up again.

   This is the time of the year where I start using my oven again, something I avoid as much as possible in spring and summer! Soups are sounding good, but I have yet to make any, so those recipes will come later. 

   For now, we have been trying things with pumpkin or apples.  The kids LOVE to help in the kitchen! I do try to limit their “helping” to non-dinner projects most of the time, since mom can barely get dinner done fast enough for hungry tummy’s without “helpers”!

Here are the links to our favorite fall recipes so far:

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies  A delicious twist on the traditional oatmeal creme pie. Easy to make, looks professional, and has the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor without overpowering. The frosting is to die for! YUM!

Caramel Apple Bread  This delicious combination of favorite flavors makes an out-of-this-world addition to breakfast or dessert! We made a cinnamon sugar butter to go along with this bread. I just ran the bread machine through the dough cycle, then baked it in our oven instead. The apples make it the bread stay moist for days!

Apple Skillet Cake  Delicious! The iron skillet just makes it that much better. We used apples from our apple tree instead of the granny smith. Also, we made a homemade caramel sauce to drizzle over the cake and vanilla ice cream! Yum! It was a hit!

 The next things I want to make are S’mores cups and Pumpkin Cream Cheese squares.  Recipes to come after they get the Ferguson stamp of approval! 🙂  

Happy Fall!

~T