When I buy fruit, I always buy it with good intentions. I intend on eating it instead of some other less healthy snack, but it always seems to just sit there. I’ve had some Granny Smith apples sitting on the counter just staring at me and this time, instead of just tossing them out, I decided to look for a recipe to use them in. The first site I went to was www.thecountrycook.net as Brandie always has yummy things on her blog. I LOVE her potato salad, hamburger steak and apple danish recipes, they are three of my favorites. I typed “apple” in her search bar and found this blog entry, http://www.thecountrycook.net/2011/09/apple-brown-betty.html. I am ashamed to say I was so excited to read the recipe that I skimmed thru the blog post rather quickly and didn’t notice that the recipe was actually one from the Big Book of Homecooking by Gooseberry Patch. Now, I do not have that cookbook and have never read it so I went by the recipe Brandie had posted on her blog. I just need to mention all of that here so I can cover all of my bases and give credit where credit is due for the recipe. I did, however, make a few changes to how everything was put together, added caramel to the recipe and cooked it in a crock pot instead of the oven. Here we go:
8 slices white bread
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & sliced
2/3 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
24 pieces of caramel candy
Cube all 8 pieces of bread into 1 inch pieces. Place on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven until brown. This took about 11-12 minutes in my oven.
Peel, core and slice apples. I tried not to slice my apples too thinly as I wanted them to be good-sized chunks. Put apple slices in a bowl and add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT for the caramel. Stir well and let sit for about 5 minutes.
You probably should spray the inside of your crock pot with a non-stick cooking spray, but I forgot to do this. ;) Put a layer of the bread crumbs at the bottom of the crock pot.
Then put a layer of the apple mixture on top of that. Unwrap your caramel candy and put about 8 pieces on top of the apples. I only used about 6 pieces until I reached the top layer, but it could have used a little more, in my opinion. You definitely could add more caramel if you’d like. I think you might even be able to add caramel sauce here if you don’t have the candy on hand.
I was able to get 3 layers of this in the crock pot and it pretty much reached the top. I don’t remember how many quarts this one is, it is on the smaller side as far as crock pots go. I put the lid on and cooked it on high for 2 hours and then turned it to low for 1 hour. It does cook down some so keep that in mind.
This is one of the yummiest apple desserts I have ever eaten and so simple to make! It would have been great with some vanilla ice cream, but I didn’t have any in the freezer. I will have to remember that for next time. Thank you so much Brandie and Gooseberry Patch!
Enjoy and thanks for reading.