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Salted Caramel Apple Crumble Recipe

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An Apple Crumble recipe that will have you licking your plate clean! Soft Apples, topped with a buttery crumble top and homemade salted caramel sauce. Pure heaven!

I’m usually not one to love Apple Crumble because cooked fruit gives me the heebie geebies 92% of the time. But, THIS recipe made with extra ‘crumble’ with a homemade salted caramel sauce is something I could seriously never get sick of. Get ready for MY version of the perfect Apple Crumble.

Salted Caramel Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble

I remember being a little girl and watching my mom make her recipe for apple crumble which was heavy on the apples and very light on the crumble and I remember thinking what a travesty it was. I was probably 5.

So, as an adult armed with a decent amount of kitchen knowledge, I took matters into my own hands promising myself that I would create a recipe that even I, the cooked fruit hater, could love.

And I did it! I took it pretty easy on the apples, doubled the normal amount of crumble topping and was quite heavy-handed with the warm salted caramel sauce for the ultimate fall dessert that everyone and their mom will love. So let’s make this baby!

Apple Crumble Recipe

This apple crumble recipe has three main components. The sauce, crumble and apple filling. Each section needs its own set of ingredients and so I’m going to break it down for you so you know exactly what you have already and what you need to go buy.

  • Caramel Sauce –ย for the homemade caramel sauce you are going to need: sugar, water, sea salt, heavy cream, butter, and vanilla. All pretty basic pantry staples. If you really aren’t wanting to make caramel sauce you can always buy the pre-made stuff.
  • Crumble –ย for the crumble you’ll need: flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and salt. If you like to bake you should already have this stuff, which means, you could probably make this dessert today!
  • Apple –ย the best apples to use for this dish are granny smith apples. This is simply because of their taste, texture, and good baking qualities. You’ll also need butter, lemon juice, and salt. Do you see a pattern here? This recipe is set up to be ready to make and super easy to follow!

Crumble

The first step is to prepare the crumble topping. This is a super easy process where you just measure, dump and mix.

  1. Combine all crumble ingredients together using a stand mixer. The mixture will be crumbly but stay together when squeezed.
  2. Set aside.

Caramel Sauce

The hardest part of this recipe is probably making the homemade salted caramel. I’m going to walk you through the steps pretty well but if it still intimidates you in any way, there are plenty of salted caramel sauces on the market which are great options. Even warming up Hershey’s caramel sauce and adding in a little sea salt will work too. Here we go ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat to melt the sugar.
  2. Continue cooking and swirling sugar until it turns amber in color.
  3. Whisk in sea salt and heavy cream. The mixture will bubble up violently briefly.
  4. Continue whisking until sauce is smooth.
  5. Stir in butter and vanilla.
  6. Set aside.

How to Make Apple Crumble

And now for the apples and baking instructions.

  1. Prepare apples and toss in lemon juice.
  2. Cook apples in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat in butter.
  3. Sprinkle with salt to draw out all the moisture possible.
  4. Drain apples and place back into skillet. This process should take about 5-7 minutes of cooking.
  5. Pour 3/4 of prepared caramel sauce into the apples and stir gently.
  6. Top with the crumble topping.
  7. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes and serve with remaining caramel sauce.

Toppings

Besides the caramel sauce, you can also top this dessert with ice cream or whipped cream. Kinda think of it as a deconstructed apple pie. So all that creaminess perfectly compliments this apple crumble recipe.

Leftovers

I doubt you’ll have any leftovers because this dessert is SO divine! But if you do, don’t worry. Cover with plastic wrap and store your apple crumble in the fridge for up to 4 days.

You can reheat it in the microwave for a few seconds at a time or pop it into the oven to warm it up.

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5 from 13 votes

Salted Caramel Apple Crumble

An Apple Crumble recipe that will have you licking your plate clean! Soft Apples, topped with a buttery crumble top and homemade salted caramel sauce. Pure heaven!
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Ingredients

For the caramel sauce-

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the crumble-

For the apples-

  • 4 granny smith apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

For the caramel sauce-

  • Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat to melt the sugar.
  • Continue cooking and swirling sugar until it turns amber in color.
  • Whisk in sea salt and heavy cream. The mixture will bubble up violently briefly.
  • Continue whisking until sauce is smooth.
  • Stir in butter and vanilla. Set aside.

For the crumble-

  • Combine all ingredients together using a stand mixer. The mixture will be crumbly but stay together when squeezed. Set aside.

For the apples & baking -

  • Prepare apples and toss in lemon juice.
  • Cook apples in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat in butter to draw out moisture.
  • Sprinkle with salt to draw out all the moisture possible.
  • Drain apples and place back into skillet. This process should take about 5-7 minutes of cooking.
  • Pour 3/4 of prepared caramel sauce into the apples and stir gently.
  • Top with the crumble topping.
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes and serve with remaining caramel sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple crumble, apple crumble recipe, how to make apple crumble, salted caramel sauce
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  1. emily

    it’s funny you posted this recipe because i just baked up my first apple crisp of the fall! adding caramel sounds like a fantastic idea. my main challenge for cooking lately has been working around the huge crack in my cooktop, haha! would love to win a new one ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks!

  2. Cindy M

    I am adding the apple crumble to my “must make” fall recipes. My challenge is an increasing passion for baking vs tiny kitchen. Would love to win!!

  3. Deirdre

    I recently made homemade sweet potato gnocchi, but it turned out a little more dense than it was supposed to. The flavor was great so the family ate it, but I learned my lesson for next time — less flour! Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Sean C

    The recipe is making me drool. I will definitely try it out this weekend seeing as we’re having the inlaws over and I need some bonus points ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Alyssa

    This looks delicious! I’m in Vermont as we speak, and surrounded by delicious fall apples. This would be perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, love the video!! Last night I was craving apple pie, but i’m gluten-free and dairy-free and had yet to conquer a perfect pie crust. I looked at a ton of different recipes, and finally decided to just give it a whirl. And it worked out great! Used my handy-dandy KitchenAid mixer, but would have loved to make this in a food processor!

  6. Amber W

    I have made caramels and creme filled chocolates many times for the holiday season ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to try this recipe it looks amazing!

  7. Kim @ Homesteader's Heart

    Last year I realized I could use my Kitchen Aid for shredding chicken and my life hasn’t been the same since. I love Kitchen Aid everything so this giveaway excited me greatly. LOL!

  8. Kate

    oooh looks delicious! Recently tried making my own pizza dough…it took a few times before I finally got it right! Love all things KitchenAid.

  9. stephanie diaz

    I have a apple crumble that I make with sliced apples or can pie filling if u have little time .. I add cinnamon and mix it all up real good… Then I make the crumble which is about 2 tbsp of melted butter.. it needs to becompletely melted.. about half a cup to a cup of flour all purpose with ccinnamon and a little sugar and I use organic sugar.. mix all the dry ingredients up well then with a fork add a little butter and crumble the mixture together with a fork …. Pop in the oven for about 30-40 mins at 350… It’s sooo yummy with a spoon of vanilla ice cream…. Fall in definitely in the air …. Love your video … And what thunder thighs… Girl please you just had a baby… Lol.. keep up the great job… I will be whipping up some of these recipes soon…

  10. Amy @ The Nifty Foodie

    You’re a natural in front of the camera!

    One of my biggest cooking challenges lately has been working with yeast. I know it’s more of a baking thing, but in the past, I never had the best of luck with bread making, so I was scared of it for a while. Recently, I had two bread recipes go right, though!

  11. Lynn Korcykoski

    I LOVE apples, anything apple will work for me, especially deep-dish apple pie! I’ve always had difficulty with homemade pie crust and have used pre-made. Last year I got a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for Christmas, the dough-hook attachment was the key to my success! I’ve finally been able to make my own flaky delicious pie crust, no more store-bought pre-made crusts for this girl, no way! My husband and I just picked 125 lbs. of apples this past Saturday. This recipe will be my next Apple-y creation and I know my family will love it!! Thank you for sharing.

  12. Michelle Brock

    I just made your soft glazed pumpkin sugar cookies yesterday and they were amazing! My son loved them so much he asked for more! I can’t wait to try this crumble, caramel apples are my favorite fall treat to eat! I would love to have some awesome new KitchenAid appliances for my kitchen as well! Thank you for this opportunity!

  13. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    I’d love to win some Kitchen-Aid appliances. My sister loves hers too. https://twitter.com/BarbaraBakes/status/382138237349011456

  14. Kasi K

    Is it just me or does anyone else lick the spoon or taste test more often now that its fall recipes?! I made the pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and I could not stop licking the frosting spoon. No no I should say spoon I just dug my finger right in! As my three year old saw this he wanted to help. Let’s just say once the cupcakes were done we didn’t dig in right away! And I don’t use canned pumpkin I plant pumpkin pie pumpkins in my garden every tear and use them. My boys and husband are very picky eaters! Only fresh non store bought things here.

  15. Mary S.

    I just bought a KitchenAid three cup food processor last week and put it to work this weekend. I made salsa with tomatoes and peppers from my garden and also made pesto with basil from my container garden. They were so easy to make and both turned out delicious! So glad I ditched my old blender for the food processor!!

  16. Jill Leger

    I just made your Pumpkin Maple Cinnamon Rolls and they were magnificent! I truly love your vibe and enjoy connecting with you on FB and your blog. My husband is a carpenter and we have been “working” on our house since we bought it almost 5yrs ago. It came with no appliances and so we have piece mealed our kitchen together (for real we cooked on a George forman grill and a hot plate for yrs!). It would be wonderful to have a fully functioning kitchen that I would be proud to have people over!!!
    Thanks!!! Jill

  17. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Lauren!!
    I love the video! You are such a natural and Brooke is the cutest thing! love her wings! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am SO making this apple crumble (love the concept) very very soon but recently, I conquered making a veggie mac and cheese, sneaking in all sorts of veggies (kale and cauliflower) and still having my kids eat it! ๐Ÿ™‚ by the way, LOVE your kitchen!

    1. Sherry Baird

      What amazing food and giveaway. The food looks awesome and the give away of Kitchen aid appliances would making cooking so much better

    1. Tiffany

      I did not have good luck with the caramel sauce…I tried twice and 1st time it stuck to the pan while I was whisking constantly and 2nd time it didnโ€™t get turn the amber color but tasted ok. Any help would be much appreciated!

  18. Laurel O.

    This looks awesome! My husband and I just closed on our first home this past weekend, so after we get settled in, I definitely want to try making this recipe! I also love using caramel for fall and the holiday season. I make chocolate caramels and truffles and love giving them as gifts. They’re not too difficult to make, but having great appliances can also help make cooking and baking less stressful.

  19. Alice

    This looks amazing! I love salted caramel on anything but this just screams fall. Our local apple orchards open soon. Can’t wait to make this crumble.

  20. Kathy Schmitt

    Visiting here from RE, but I will be back. Liked you on FB. I Loveee my KA stand mixer. Just used it yesterday to make choco chip cookies. Apples are plentiful here in my part of the nation somI will try this crumble maybe today!

  21. Joy C.

    Well… a recent cooking challenge that I’ve overcome is using a potato masher and then hand mixer to duplicate the effects of a stand mixer. Strange, but effective!

  22. Ashley

    I recently used my boyfriends kitchenaid to make pumpkin gnocchi! it was so yummy. It’d be great to win though so I could finally have my own kitchenaid mixer ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Starr

    i conquered a peach cobbler the other day… using a FORK, A CANOPENER, A MIXING BOWL, and MY 50+ year old OVEN! what a shame… i would LOVE me some KitchenAid appliances!

  24. Lauren S.

    OMG, I just happened upon your website and besides the fact that I’m a “Lauren” too I’m psyched. You have such great recipes here. I tried your Grilled Asian Sweet and Spicy Chicken Skewers last night and boy were they a hit! I’m going to make your Salted Caramel Apple Crumble this week on Wednesday morning before work for a co-worker’s birthday “cake.” I’m not a baker but this looks awesome. Your Kitchen-Aid oven looks fabulous by the way as do you!

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