Buttery, crumbly apple bars with sticky caramel sauce. These are a cross between apple pie, apple bars and apple crumble. Perfection!
These apple bars are the true definition of perfection. They’re a combination of an apple pie, apple bars and apple crumble. The base is buttery and flaky; the tart, crisp apples make the filling; and the crumbly oatmeal mixture is evenly spread on top. Once baked, caramel is generously drizzled over the top and these bars eaten. They’re perfect on their own, or served with custard or icecream. I can never decide whether I like them warm or cold better as they taste amazing either way.
Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you away. There are four stages to this recipe (the base, filling, topping and caramel) and each of the steps are very easy and aren’t very time-consuming. In fact, chopping up the apples probably took me the longest!
There are a lot of apples for this recipe – make sure you stuff ‘em tightly in that baking pan of yours. The more apples the better. I used Pink Lady apples (readily available here in Australia), but any tart and firm apple variety would work well.
And last but not least, drench your bars with that caramel. And by drench, I mean completely submerge your piece in that sweet, sticky caramel. It’s the best way to eat it.
Recipe slightly adapted from sallysbakingaddiction.com