Yeah, I know, I posted about caramel and apples yesterday. I tend to dwell on certain ingredients and can't get my mind off of them. Does it help to know that I bought three identical shirts of different colors last Saturday? Do you have a little better understanding of how my mind works now?
This particular recipe came from Betty Crocker's Fall Baking (it's the one with Bakerella on the cover!) There are way too many easy and delicious recipes in this edition and you can expect more of them to be showing up here in the near future. These caramel apple bars are buttery caramel bites of delight, I assure you.
Caramel Apple-Nut Bars (adapted from Betty Crocker)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
1/2 cup caramel topping
3 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray.
In bowl of stand mixer mix together the flours, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add the butter and mix on low speed until mixture is evenly crumbly. Press about 3 cups of this mixture in the bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the caramel topping with the 3 tablespoons of flour,
Sprinkle diced apples and pecans evenly across crust. Drizzle caramel evenly over all. Sprinkle with remaining crust mixture.
Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting.