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This Salted Caramel 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!

top down view of salted caramel apple crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Salted Caramel 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!

top down view of ingredients in bowls

Main Ingredients Needed

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.

For the Caramel Sauce

All pretty basic pantry staples. If you really aren’t wanting to make caramel sauce you can always buy the pre-made stuff.

  • Sugar – the base of all caramel sauce! Sticky sweet goodness.
  • Water – this helps dissolve the sugar so you get a smooth caramel.
  • Sea Salt – I love flavoring this sauce with sea salt but you could always leave it out.
  • Heavy Cream – for creaminess.
  • Butter – this provides silky texture.
  • Vanilla – for flavor!

For the Crumble

If you like to bake you should already have this stuff, which means, you could probably make this dessert today!

  • Flour – this holds the butter together so it doesn’t create a melty mess.
  • Granulated + Brown Sugar – both are used to sweeten.
  • Butter – this creates a great flavorful crumb.
  • Salt – this balances out the flavors.

For the Apples

Do you see a pattern here? This recipe is set up to be ready to make and super easy to follow!

  • Apples – the best apples to use for this dish are granny smith apples. This is simply because of their taste, texture, and good baking qualities.
  • Butter – to provide flavor while cooking the apples.
  • Lemon Juice – this brightens the flavor of the apples while also keeping them from browning.
  • Salt – this balances out the flavors.

How to Make Salted Caramel Apple Crumble

For full details on how to make Salted Caramel Apple Crumble, see the recipe card down below ๐Ÿ™‚

Step 1: Make the Crumble Topping

The first step is to prepare the crumble topping. This is a super easy process where you just measure, dump, and mix. The mixture will be crumbly but stay together when squeezed. Set aside.

Step 2: Make Salted 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. Continue cooking and swirling sugar until it turns amber in color.
  2. Whisk in sea salt and heavy cream. The mixture will bubble up violently briefly. Continue whisking until the sauce is smooth.
  3. Stir in butter and vanilla. Set aside.

Step 3: Prep Apples + Cook

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.

Step 4: Layer Apple Crumble

Pour 3/4 of prepared caramel sauce into the apples and stir gently. Top with the crumble topping.

Step 5: Bake + Serve

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.

pouring more salted caramel sauce over crumble topping

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.

More Apple Recipes to Try!

Be sure to save, email, or pin this recipe so you have it and use it all Fall long. It’s a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

Printable recipe card below. Have a great day, friends!

4.79 from 19 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.
    salted caramel in a pot with a whisk

For the Crumble

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

For the Apples

  • Prepare apples and toss in lemon juice.
    peeled and sliced apples in a glass bowl
  • 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.
    peeled and sliced apples in a cast iron skillet
  • Pour 3/4 of prepared caramel sauce into the apples and stir gently.
    pouring salted caramel sauce over cooked apples all in a cast iron skillet
  • Top with the crumble topping.
    crumble topping on top of salted caramel apples
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes and serve with remaining caramel sauce.
    pouring more salted caramel sauce over crumble topping

Video

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. Brittany F.

    I just went apple picking this past weekend- this recipe sounds amazing! I absolutely love my KA stand mixer and love all of their appliances. Your oven looks so incredibly beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. StacyM

    I just got another bushel of apples from the neighbor. This is a luscious looking recipe to try with those. I have apple butter in the crockpot as we speak, will be canning that up in a couple more hours. It’s all apples all the time around here now!

  3. D SCHMIDT

    I recently tried to make my own Macaroons and it went dreadfully wrong honestly! But I am up to 3 attempts now and each time its improving so that is a plus.

  4. Rachael McClure

    I love this recipe and am very excited to start making fall desserts. Your kitchen remodel looks great and I would love to win the Kitchen Aid sweepstakes!

  5. Abby

    Salted + Apple + Caramel may be my the best combinations of words I have heard for a dessert yet. Thank you for introducing me to this one!

  6. Jacqui

    I made homemade apple pie for the first time the other week! I always had bought premade pie crust, but I wanted to do it from scratch this time. It really made a difference and was proud of myself for conquering it!

  7. Kim Henrichs

    I am so making that this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!! I just conquered learning how to cook with lentils for the first time. I made an Indian dish and it was amazing and everyone loved it. I don’t know why I haven’t been cooking with them forever.

  8. Brianna

    YUM-O! Started off my fall baking by making 1 ton of monster cookies and eating 1/2 a ton in one day. Bring on the yummy fall recipes. Love your great ideas and your beautiful kitchen.

  9. Jam

    I conquered four pounds of buttercream icing last week, that was a challenge using a hand mixer–would love those kitchenaid appliances. Thanks for the apple caramel recipe, the husband would love it if I made this.

  10. April Willard

    I conquered my mothers homemade pecan caramel cinnamon rolls!! best childhood memory making those with my mother and i was so excited to make them for my kiddos!!!

  11. tammy c.

    I love making apple crisp I never thought to put caramel in it I’m going to try this recipe. I would love to win this mixer I need it so bad to do my recipes.

  12. Jennifer Johnson

    I recently made pralines for the first time. It was fun and frustrating at the same time. I’m going to keep trying until I master them. New appliances would help make the process less challenging.

  13. Laura

    I tried a different recipe for apple cobbler from a different site – but it was too dry for my tastes. I love how ooey and gooey your recipe looks. I will be conquering this over the weekend : )

  14. Joan S

    Great video! And who doesn’t love anything with salted caramel! Love my Kitchen-Aid mixer, hand blender and food processor…would be fantastic to add to mix!

  15. Amy Reed

    I just made a very similar recipe to this over the weekend… I made Salted Caramel Apple Dumplings. I had never made homemade caramel sauce before and can’t believe how easy it was! I’m never going back to the caramel in a jar. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity to win KitchenAid appliances!!

  16. tracy M.

    I just made homemade apple cider which was incredibly easy but I had all the leftover apple pieces and I hate to throw anything away so I was going to make applesauce with it but I didn’t have a food mill for the peels and such. I waited 4 days for my kitchen aid fruit and vegetable strainer to arrive( I bought the 3pack attachment set -fruit strainer, slicer, and meat grinder! I figured go all the way!!) After using the strainer I had the smoothest sauce ever and promptly canned some blackberry jam!! LOVE my kitchen aid mixer!!!

  17. Ruth Messenger

    This looks so good! I have been thinking about making something apple. I will have to try this!! I also would Love to win the Kitchen Aide appliances!! By the way, I love my Kitchen Aide Stand Mixer!!

  18. Maria W.

    Thanks for this giveaway! The recipe is so different. I’m used to making apple crumble but carmel apple crumble—can’t wait to try it. My cooking challenge is keeping dinnertime recipes interesting for my family. I love KitchenAid!!

    1. Devanie

      Oh! And my cooking challenge has been trying to cook for my family with my remodel happening! But it’s blog posts like this salted carmel crumble that give me a good reason to bake in spite of the construction zone!

  19. Cindy Brickley

    I conquered a Salted Caramel Fudge and it came out fantastic. I always had a hard time getting my fudge to set perfectly. And I finally conquer it! I just love KitchAid appliances and I want to win!

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