Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Apple Pie Bars with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Apple Pie Bars with Bourbon Caramel Sauce - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com
Crisp apples are caramelized and then layered in between a buttery brown sugar crust and a strudel topping before being baked into these chewy sweet bars. Serve topped with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream and a generous pour of Bourbon Caramel Sauce or Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce, this is a fall dessert recipe that simply can not be beat. I've made these apple pie bars twice in the past two weeks and they disappeared absurdly fast both times.

I served the bars warm from the oven the first night I made them and at room temperature the following day. They were even better the following day. If you can make yourself wait, I recommend making them the day before or the morning of the day you plan to serve them.

Apple Pie Bars - Gluten Free and Traditional Recipes
recipe adapted from Saving Room for Dessert
Yield: 12 servings
(printable recipe)

Crust Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup brown rice flour *
1/3 cup tapiona starch *
* if you are not in need of a gluten free recipe, substitute 1 cup all purpose flour for the items marked with an *

Filling Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/16 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup water
Optional: 1 tablespoon bourbon

Topping Ingredients:
1/4 cup pecans, chopped small
1 cup old fashioned oats
2/3 cup brown rice flour *
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
* if you are not in need of a gluten free recipe, substitute 2/3 cup all purpose flour for the item marked with an *

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 10" square or 11x7 baking pan with butter and set aside. Beat the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Slowly add the flour and beat again until a soft dough forms. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes, until the crust is set, but not browned.

While the crust is baking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the apples and sprinkle with the spices and the brown sugar. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the water and the bourbon and cook another 5 minutes until the apples and caramelized and the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes.

Combine all of the dry ingredients for the topping in a mixing bowl and stir a few times to combine. Add the butter and beat on low speed just until the mixture forms clumps. Spread the apples over the crust and then cover with the topping. Press down lightly to form an even layer. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the topping is lightly browned. Cool completely before serving. Slice the cooled bars and serve topped with Bourbon Caramel Sauce (or Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce) and Vanilla Ice Cream. Enjoy!

Apple Pie Bars with a buttery brown sugar crust and a strudel topping! - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

{originally posted 11-14-13 - recipe notes and photos updated 4-14-15}

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  1. Oh my word, that looks and sounds absolutely incredible!!!! (I think i say that about all your recipes, but I don't care!!!!) :)

  2. Your pictures are fantastic! This dessert looks perfect :) Have a great week Mary.

  3. This does look pretty awesome, especially with the caramel poured over the top. Thanks Mary!

  4. Wowsers!! This is totally my kind of desert!!

  5. Oh my - this is seriously DROOL WORTHY! It looks and sounds wonderful Mary.

  6. Yum to the fiftieth power Mary! :)

  7. Made some last Sunday! WITH all the trimmings lol including your caramel sauce thank you! x

  8. Would coconut flour be a good substitute?

  9. :) Hope you're doing well Mary - still loving your gorgeous photos. Don't you just love dessert!