Salted Caramel Apple Bars

Ahhh, fall. I grew up in Salt Lake City, where there are distinct seasons. And fall was not my favorite because it meant school started and it was right before winter. Now that I live in Southern California, I love fall because it means sweaters, soups and pretending that it’s chilly (I now really think 68 is chilly. What’s wrong with me?), even though it’s sunny and warm outside.
Ok, well it was pretend fall last week- for a few days it was rainy and chilly- like 65! Then it got warm again. I’m not complaining. But to make it seem more like fall, I decided to make some apple bars. I bought these huge organic granny smith apples and decided I wanted to put them in a yummy recipe. I don’t really do fruit and desserts that much, especially pie, so I wanted something different. I stumbled upon Two Peas and their Pod’s recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Crumb bars and decided to try it out.
The recipe starts out with making a salted caramel sauce, which is pretty easy. I got a little worried once I added the TWELVE TABLESPOONS OF BUTTER that it was too greasy, especially since it’s followed by 1 cup of heavy cream, but once the sauce cooled, it was fine. And delicious.
The rest of the recipe is a cinch- two bowls (well, I only used two), no stand mixer, mix, press, pour and bake. Love it.

Sorry for the bad photo

This is best eaten the day of because the golden brown topping and crust gets soggy. Also, I added one teaspoon of vanilla to the caramel sauce before letting it cool. Get the recipe here!

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