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Apple Caramel Bars
OTTAWA -- An easy to make bar with all the flavours of apple crisp plus yummy caramel. You can bake a double batch as these bars freeze well up to one month.
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 35 minutes
- 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup (175 mL) butter, at room temperature
- 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
- 1-3/4 cup (425 mL) all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 cup (375 mL) quick-cooking oats
- 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped pecans
- 4 cups (1L) peeled and coarsely chopped Ontario Apples (about 4), such as Empire, Cortland or Spartan
- 2 tbsp (25 mL) all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp (5 mL) each ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg
- 40 soft caramels, unwrapped
- 2 tbsp (25 mL) Ontario Milk
In large bowl, using electric mixer, beat brown sugar, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Set aside 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the flour. Add remaining flour, oats, salt and baking soda; mix well. Stir in pecans. Set aside 1-1/2 cup (375 mL). Press remaining oat mixture into a 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) baking pan lined with parchment paper.
In medium bowl, toss apples with reserved flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; spoon over crust. In small saucepan, melt caramels and milk over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes. Drizzle over apples and top with reserved oat mixture.
Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 15 minutes before cutting into bars. Refrigerate any leftover bars.
- PROTEIN: 3 grams
- FAT: 10 grams
- CARBOHYDRATE: 25 grams
- CALORIES: 202
- FIBRE: 2 grams
- SODIUM: 170 mg