This Caramel Apple Crisp tastes like Autumn in a bowl!
Caramel apple really gets the short end of the stick. Or branch. Or whatever caramel apples grow on. (On a side note, if you guys know where I can get a caramel apple tree, please share. I’d love to plant one of those bad boys in my backyard!) So why are caramel apples so unlucky, you ask? Well, caramel apples have the misfortune of arriving just before pumpkin spice season. And we all know that pumpkin spice season has gotten a bit insane lately! Pumpkin spiced salmon, anyone? Or pumpkin spiced fish bait? Because the fish need to enjoy pumpkin spice, too.
Caramel apples might be overshadowed by the pumpkin spice monster, but that shouldn’t stop us from enjoying this tasty combo. Pumpkin spice, you just need to wait until October. September is caramel apple season!
We recently celebrated the season with this amazing Caramel Apple Crisp. It’s really quite easy to make thanks to a little shortcut involving caramel candy. Yup, those individually wrapped caramels in the candy aisle? Melt ’em down and they become a great topping for this Caramel Apple Crisp! (Feel free to make your own caramel apple sauce if you’re so inspired, though. I used to do stuff like that. Then we had Robbie.)
One of my favorite parts of this Caramel Apple Crisp is actually not the caramel or the apples. Imagine that. It’s the topping. The combination of oats, pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon is amazing! It gets nice and crispy as it bakes, and it provides the perfect bite when combined with the apple-caramel filling. It’s like Fall on a spoon…or a fork…or your hands…or however you choose to eat your crisp! Add in a scoop of melty vanilla ice cream, and you’ve got a treat that will have everyone (including yourself) wanting more!
So here’s to leaves crunching underfoot, bright Autumn reds and oranges, the first sweater of the season and of course caramel apples. Make this Caramel Apple Crisp for this weekend, and spend the evening with friends next to a firepit. Pumpkin spice season is coming soon, so we need to enjoy caramel apple season before it’s too late! (For the record, I happen to love pumpkin spice season. But I also happen to love caramel apple season, too!) Enjoy!