Apple – Caramel Crisp Anyone?


Do you cook Thanksgiving dinner?  I somehow did get passed on the holiday traditions.  They seam to have skipped from my grandmother’s to me with little interception by mom.  I often wondered how my retired mom got out of ‘it’ while this busy, working mom of three ended up with the dinners & the holidays.  But, in the end, as chaotic as it has been on occasion my kids LOVE the holidays being hosted at our home and have grown up looking forward to the activity that it all brings.  However, let me not deny that when they were little and a tantrum or an argument was brewing between siblings that I often wondered ‘why am I doing this?’ Those would be the years that my husband would offer to order dinner, which of course I always denied, but appreciated the gesture mostly because he was ‘getting it!’ 

At the end of the day…I wouldn’t trade any of it, but I would and still will trade out a few recipes to save a little time.  Baking apple pies when the kids were very young felt like something I couldn’t quite get accomplished with everything else that had to be cooked for the family feast, so I often swapped it out for Apple Crisp.  Here is my twist on an oldie, but goodie that’s great to make and share even if you do have the time to make the crust for a pie!

 Jodie Fitz’s Caramel Apple Crisp

4 – 5 large apples*

6 oz. caramel candies

2 Tbs. light cream

¾ cups light brown sugar

½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup oats

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 tsp. cinnamon

Whipped topping

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Grease an 8 x 8 glass, baking dish with a light layer of butter.

Unwrap the caramel candies and place them in to a glass bowl.  Add the light cream to the caramels and temporarily set aside.

Peel, core an dice the apples.  Melt the caramels in the glass dish, in the microwave on high for one minute.  Stir the cream and caramels together thoroughly.  Stir the melted caramel into the diced apples and stir until the apples are evenly covered.

Pour the apple, caramel mixture into the greased baking dish.

In a separate bowl, stir the brown sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon together.   Using a pastry cutter or fork, blend the butter into the brown sugar mixture.  Evenly pour the mixture over top of the apples.

Bake the crisp for approximately 25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the apples are soft.  Top with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream and serve warm.

*I use golden delicious apples when I make this ‘thumbs up’ recipe, but you can substitute with your favorite apples.  You might have to adjust the number of apples used depending on the size of the apples with certain varieties.  Just be certain to use 4 – 5 cups of apples if you do trade out the apple selection.



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