Fall Caramel Apple Crunch

This tasty treat will give you all the fall vibes.

Becky Low shares how to put together Caramel Apple Crunch.

Caramel Apple Crunch
½ cup sugar, divided
2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon cinnamon
⅛-¼ teaspoon nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon salt
5 cups tart baking apples (about 5 medium apples peeled, cored sliced)
½ cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups Crunch (granola, see homemade recipe below)
¾ cup caramel apple dip
Half n Half or milk (may also serve with scoop ice cream)

Prepare “Crunch” or granola if making from scratch (see recipe below); set aside.

Mix together well approximately half the sugar with the cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; set aside.

Peel, core, and slice apples. Place apples, water, lemon juice and the remaining sugar in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat; boil 3 minutes. Stir in sugar/cornstarch mixture and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat.

Spoon hot apples into 6 individual serving bowls, top each bowl with a about 1-tablespoon caramel apple dip. Add approximately ¼-cup crunch per serving. Pour approximately ⅓-cup cream or milk over top. Serves 6


Rather than make the apple layer, purchase commercial “chunky” applesauce (commercial pie filling is too much filler and not enough apples per volume).
Homemade Crunch (Granola)
4 cup rolled oats, NOT instant oatmeal
2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup raisins or other dried fruit
¾ cup honey
½ cup butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place rolled oats, nuts, and raisins in a large bowl; set aside.

Combine honey, butter, cinnamon, vanilla and a dash of salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, boil 1 minute. Pour honey/butter over oatmeal and nuts; toss to coat well. Spread oat mixture on a large baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool crunch (granola) and store at room temperature until ready to use. Makes approximately 8-9 cups.

Becky Low represents The Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada. For delicious dairy recipes and nutrition information go to
www.dairycouncilutnv.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/DairyUTNV.
For nutrition research go to www.nationaldairycouncil.org.

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