Caramel Apple Crisp With Homemade Caramel Sauce

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Today I’m sharing my caramel apple crisp recipe with you. You can buy a caramel sauce to go with it or make my homemade caramel recipe below. Life is good when it’s homemade, right?

I can remember many instances where my kids preferred my homemade food over anything store-bought. This Caramel Apple Crisp with Homemade Caramel Sauce is going to be a favorite for many years to come.

Caramel Apple Crisp

When I think of caramel apple crisp, I think of something warm and delicious. It actually takes me back to my childhood and when I would have apple pie as a kid.

There is a distinguished taste with anything that is made with apples! You can make some very yummy desserts to share with family and friends. With the holidays coming up, this Caramel Apple Crisp is something that everyone will be craving.

How to Make Caramel Apple Crisp

Life wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t make at least one homemade Caramel Apple Crisp in our lifetime. I’m going to show you how to do these steps one by one.

By the end, you may just amaze yourself on how easily you were able to make this apple crisp! There is no doubt that people will be asking you for this recipe!

Step One

Start with gathering the ingredients so you are ready to assemble this caramel apple crisp. If you have an apple peeler it will make your life so much easier. This one will peel, core, and slice those juicy fresh apples.

Step Two

In a medium-sized bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Use a whisk to make sure it is thoroughly mixed.

Step Three

Add cubed butter and cut in with a pastry cutter.

Caramel Apple Crisp With Homemade Caramel Sauce

Step Four

In a large bowl combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss apple slices in mixture. Make sure to coat them thoroughly.

Caramel Apple Crisp With Homemade Caramel Sauce

Step Five

When butter is mixed in (about the size of peas) add in oats and chopped pecans in dry topping mixture. Place in refrigerator while you make the filling.

Caramel Apple Crisp With Homemade Caramel Sauce

Step Six

Cover the apples with the topping mixture and bake for 45-48 minutes at 350 degrees.

Step Seven

Now, make the caramel sauce. Combine the brown sugar, butter and half and half into a small pan. Slowly bring to a boil, stirring the entire time.

Boil for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens (it will thicken more once it is cool, so keep that in mind). When at desired thickness, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

This can be used immediately as a sauce or chilled for dipping apples. Simply reheat to thin it out. This can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Step Eight

Just before serving, drizzle more caramel sauce onto the warm apple crisp. Serve with vanilla ice cream and a side of caramel sauce for dipping.

Step Nine

This is ready to serve. Cast iron frying pans are the best.

Finished Product

Caramel Apple Crisp With Homemade Caramel Sauce

Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe

Caramel Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce by FSM
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
48 mins
Total Time
1 hr 18 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: -4 people
Ingredients
Topping Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of ginger
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cut into cubes
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
Filling Ingredients
  • 5 cups of apples, peeled, cored and sliced. I used 5 large Granny Smith ones today. Any variety will work.
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce (store-bought or easy recipe below)
Caramel Sauce Recipe
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
Caramel Sauce Instructions
  1. Add brown sugar, butter and half and half to a small pan. Slowly bring to a boil, stirring the entire time. Boil for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens (it will thicken more once it is cool, so keep that in mind). When at desired thickness, remove from heat and stir in vanilla. This can be used immediately as a sauce or chilled for dipping apples. Simply reheat to thin it out. This can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.

    Just before serving, drizzle more caramel sauce onto the warm apple crisp. Serve with vanilla ice cream and a side of caramel sauce for dipping.

Cooking Instructions for Caramel Apple Crisp with Pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease one 9-inch pan.

    Topping Instructions:

    In a medium-sized bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Use a whisk to make sure it is thoroughly mixed. Add cubed butter and combine with a pastry cutter. When butter is mixed in (about the size of peas) add in oats and chopped pecans. Place in refrigerator while you make filling.

    Filling Instructions:

    Peel and thinly slice five large apples (5 cups). In a large bowl combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss apple slices in mixture. Make sure to coat them thoroughly. Pour into a 9-inch greased baking dish. Add a small drizzle of caramel sauce to apples (you want just a hint of caramel flavor in the dish). Remove topping from the refrigerator and evenly coat the apple mixture. Bake for 40-48 minutes. The topping should be browned, juicy hot, and bubbly. Cool slightly.

How Do I Store This Caramel Apple Crisp?

When you are done making this Caramel Apple Crisp, you will want to store it in an airtight container, in the fridge. You don’t want to leave apple crisp on the counter, it gets stored in the fridge. Before you add it to the fridge, you will want to make sure it cools down to room temperature.

What Can I Serve With This?

Most of you know the answer to this one. You can serve it with cold ice cream and make a pie-a-la-mode type deal. I think anything pie goes well with vanilla ice cream. However, I like to serve Caramel Apple Crisp with any other holiday pies. They all compliment each other very well.

What’s The Difference Between Apple Crisp and Crumble?

You may be wondering why Apple Crisp and Apple Crumble are so different. An apple crisp will have more of a topping of oats and brown sugar. An apple crumble is when you have a crisp streusel crust. You may not know the difference by taste, but they sure do look a lot different.

Should Apple Pie Be Refrigerated?

While you may think that Apple Pie needs to be put in the fridge, you may be surprised that it can be put on the counter, but only up to two days. If you plan on storing it longer than two days, then you will want to put it in the fridge. Any pie containing dairy should be put in the fridge.

What Is The Best Way To Store A Pie?

Fruit pies can be stored at room temperature, which is awesome. Covering an apple with an overturned bowl is one of the best ways to ensure a pie keeps, whether it is being stored on the counter or in the fridge.

How Do You Reheat An Apple Crisp?

To reheat an Apple Crisp. you will want to preheat the oven to 350 degrees and heat it, until warm. You can usually heat up an apple crisp in 15 minutes or less in a warm oven. This is because you’re only warming it up and not cooking it all the way through again.

What Are The Best Apples For Apple Crisp?

Are you wanting to make an apple crisp? You will find that some of the best apples for apple crisp are a combination of sweet and tart apples. Rome Beauty is an apple that stays firm and crisp. Honey Crisp is another good apple that you can use in an apple dessert. Granny Smith and Jonathon apples aren’t a bad idea either.

Can You Freeze This Apple Crisp Before Baking It?

Yes, you can freeze this apple crisp before or after baking it. It will keep in your freezer for up to three months (tightly covered). Just thaw in the refrigerator before baking or reheating this dessert.

Final Word

There is something awesome about cooking in the kitchen with family or friends. I call it “breaking bread” with people you love. You cook together and then enjoy the meal you prepared together.

This caramel apple crisp is the perfect recipe to make when apples are in season. You can make it for Sunday dinner or take it to a neighborhood activity.

Please keep prepping, we must be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda

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