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Oct 14, 2014

Caramel Apple Bar Featuring The Easiest Homemade Caramel Sauce

Caramel apples look really cute, but I find them kind of awkward to eat. I always end up cutting them into pieces, anyway, so why not start with sliced apples in the first place and then dress them up with just the right amount of delicious homemade caramel and your favorite toppings? In less than 10 minutes you can be in caramel apple heaven.

Caramel Apple Bar

You'll need:
Toppings (coconut, nuts, mini M&Ms, sprinkles, etc.)
Easy Caramel Sauce (recipe below)

Easy Caramel Sauce

1 packed cup brown sugar
1/2 cup half-and-half
4 tablespoons butter
Pinch salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Mix the brown sugar, half-and-half, butter and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until it gets thicker. Add the vanilla and cook another minute to thicken further. Turn off the heat and cool slightly before pouring into a bowl or jar for serving, or refrigerate. The sauce will thicken further as it cools.

I made these for a NLCS-watching party we had over the weekend (Go Cards!). My sister helped me prep everything (not that there was much to do, but I always appreciate help) and she shared a pretty awesome tip. To keep cut apples from turning brown, soak them in salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt per quart of water) for five minutes before serving. I was amazed at how well this worked; the apples sat out without turning brown for several hours.

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