Do you ever have grandiose plans for a recipe, yet the end result is NOTHING like you imagined the recipe would be?
That’s this recipe for me. I thought it would be moist, delicious, apple-y, sweet and caramel-y… but I ended with up a dry, slightly burned pan of apple mush that frankly, tasted awful.
Like, not even worthy of scooping out and salvaging the apples and caramel… because even if the crust is burned, apples and caramel is still good, right?
Nope. Still awful.
So I tweaked the recipe and tried again, and reduced the baking time just to make sure it didn’t burn… yet it was still awful. It was non-burned, awful-tasting mess of a dessert.
Ordinarily, I would have given up at this point and just had a scoop of ice cream (because unless you drop it on the floor, it’s impossible to screw that up), but I REALLY wanted this dessert to work. So I went back to the drawing board.
I found a grain-free cookie, used that as the base and adjusted it slightly for a crumble topping. I doubled the apple, upped the spices and liberally added homemade salted caramel both inside and on top. I lowered the baking temperature and slightly undercooked the bar. The end result? A dessert that far surpassed what I ever thought it would be!
Enjoy the fall season with delicious grain-free, salted caramel apple bars. I’ve taken care of the troubleshooting for you (and then some), so your dessert will come out delicious and tasting just like fall is supposed to: Warm, sweet and comfort down to your toes.