This caramel apple crumble recipe is the perfect THREE: delicious, beautiful and simple. Which makes it fantastic for company or just a quick family dessert. The thing that takes the longest is making the salted caramel sauce. But if you’re pressed for time you can buy the sauce and just make the the crumble, which really only takes a few minutes to throw together. But I will say, the homemade sauce turns into a solid mass of chewy caramel when you put it in the fridge, which you reheat in the microwave for a few seconds before pouring it over your gluten free apple crumble. Grabbing a chunk of that chilled chewy goodness and letting it melt in your mouth…mmmm. I can’t guarantee you’ll get the same results from something out of a jar.
I use gluten free oat flour in place of the wheat flour. But you can easily use regular flour. I have done it that way many times and it is delicious. Even if you’re not gluten free, the oat flour ads some fiber, which, you know, cancels out some of the unhealthy stuff and I think it’s as delicious either way. But do it however you want. I won’t judge.
Caramel Apple Crumble: Salted Caramel Sauce
I always make the salted caramel sauce first. You can even make it days in advance and just reheat when you’re ready for it. But of course you risk it being gone before you have the chance to make your apple crumble.
First you have to melt the sugar in a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Just stir the dry sugar and after a little while you’ll notice it start to clump together. You can see how it looks in the video below.
Once the sugar is a clear amber color and all the clumps are completely gone, you can add the butter to the pot.
The butter is going to bubble up so be careful not to get burned.
Mix the butter in until it is well incorporated. Then slowly add the cream. Again it is going to bubble rapidly and rise up as you add the cream. Stir it in well and let boil for 1 minute.
At this point you can remove it from the stove and add the salt. Yes, it’s a whole teaspoon. Believe me, this stuff is so sweet it can handle the saltiness. It’s delicious!
Caramel Apple Crumble: Crumb Topping
This topping is super easy. I use the same thing for any fruit crisp I make. Just a few ingredients!
Mix the softened butter, gluten free oats, brown sugar, oat flour and spices together in a small bowl. You can take a fork to mash everything together into the butter. I usually just use my fingers to make sure it’s all well combined. Fingers are the easiest and cheapest kitchen tool around.
Apple Crisp: Prepare the Apples
You’ll need to core the apples. I cut mine kind of flower like because I like the presentation. Just don’t cut all the way through to the base.
I left my apples unpeeled. My husband didn’t like it because he said you needed a knife to cut through the skin. I like it with the skin. I like the texture and I also love how pretty they look with the skin left on. You can peel or not, your call.
Once they are cored and cut, stuff the centers with the crumble mixture, reserving a little bit for the top. Then pour a scant amount of caramel sauce over the apples.
Bake for 30-60 minutes. This totally depends on the size and shape of your apples. I would check them at 30 minutes cook longer if not soft yet.
Top with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce!! Delicious!
Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 6 TBSP butter cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp salt
- Cook sugar in heavy bottomed pan until sugar melts, all clumps are gone and sugar is a clear amber color.
- Add butter. It will bubble up rapidly so be careful not to get burned. Stir until completely combined.
- In a thin stream, pour cream into sugar mixture. This will also bubble up and rise ad you add the cream. Continue mixing carefully and let boil for about a minute.
- Remove from heat and add salt.
- 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup gluten free oat flour can use all purpose flour if not gluten free
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and blend well.
Salted Caramel Apple Crumble
- 3 apples
- 1 recipe crumble topping
- 1 recipe salted caramel You'll have some leftover for future use. It will keep for a couple weeks in the fridge. Buy extra ice cream.
- vanilla ice cream
- Wash apples and skin if desired. Slice off the top of each apple, exposing the seeded core. Using paring knife core apples completely.
- Stuff center with crumble topping. Reserve a little bit to sprinkle over tope of apples.
- Drizzle desired amount of caramel sauce over apples. Bake at 375° for 30-60 minutes, depending on size of apples. Check at 30 minute mark and if still too firm, cook for additional time.
- Cool for 10-15 minutes. Top with vanilla ice cream and additional caramel sauce.
What’s for dinner tonight? How about Chicken Pot Pie Soup?