Salted Caramel Apple Crumble in a cast iron skillet with a scoop taken out and a plate with crumble and ice cream on teh side
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Salted Caramel Apple Crumble

This apple crumble is epic! Apple slices are tossed with homemade salted caramel sauce, layered into a baking dish and topped with the perfect crispy buttery golden crumble.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, dessert, caramel
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 374kcal
Author: Farah Abumaizar

Ingredients

For the salted caramel:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp orange blossom water optional
  • 1/2 tsp rose water optional

For the apples:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 apples, peeled, and sliced 1/4 inch thick (about 16 slices per apple)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

For the crumble:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter, cubed and softened 100 g

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180 C (350F)

To make the salted caramel:

  • In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar and the water. Place the saucepan on the stove over medium high heat. Cook without stirring until sugar dissolves, then turns into the amber brown color of caramel. This will take around 10 minutes.
  • Removing the pan from the heat, drizzle in the heavy cream slowly whisking while doing so. Return to the heat, and continue whisking. The caramel might seize up initially but will then smooth out over the heat.
  • Add the butter, and whisk until combined. Remove from the heat, and whisk in the salt, rose water, and orange blossom water (if using). Let the caramel cool while you prepare the apples.

For the apples:

  • In a large skillet over medium heat (a 10 inch cast iron skillet if you have one), heat the 2 tbsp of butter until melted. Add the apple slices, and cook, stirring occasionally until apples have slightly softly, around 5-7 minutes. They don't need to fully soften as they will be baked in the oven.
  • After apple slices have cooked, sprinkle with the cinnamon. Add 1/2 cup of your prepared salted caramel sauce and stir to thoroughly coat the apples.

For the crumble:

  • Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until well combined. Add the cubed softened butter and using your fingertips, work the butter into the mix until the mixture looks like clumpy wet sand.

To assemble:

  • If using a cast iron skillet, evenly distribute the crumb topping right over the apple caramel mix in the skillet. If using a baking pan, transfer the apples to an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan, then cover with the crumb topping. Bake for 20-25 minutes until crumble is golden brown and apples are bubbling. Remove from oven and serve warm with extra caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream if desired.