Caramel Apple Crisp

IMG_6600.JPGI had two ziplock bags of cut apples left from this weekend. I had to use them in some delicious way. I checked my cabinet and saw I also had a bag of Kraft Caramels. BINGO! I was going to make-up my own little dessert.IMG_6601.JPGI chopped the sliced apples and threw them in a large pan. How many whole apples did I chop? I seriously have no idea…4? 5? Four sounds good. Four chopped apples into the pan. Sprinkle some cinnamon and add a splash of whiskey. (So far, not real exact measurements. Guess I’ll never be on Food Network.) Why whiskey? Well, I thought the apples needed a bit of liquid to get them soft and add flavor. I’m sure apple juice or cider would be delicious, but since I didn’t have either one of those, I used whiskey. Throw in a handful of raisins, if you would like. I did. And I liked it!IMG_6597.JPGI put a lid on it and cooked the apples until they were soft and the liquid disappeared.

IMG_6602-0.JPGAs the apples cooked, I chopped up pecans and EXACTLY 12 Kraft caramel squares. (How’s that for being precise?) But you know what? You can use as many as you would like!!! Go crazy! Use 15 or 23 or the whole dang bag!

IMG_6603.JPG In the microwave I melted a small hunk of butter. I guess it was like 2 tablespoons. I stirred in a cup or so of granola and the chopped pecans.

IMG_6604.JPGAfter a quick taste test, I realized it needed a little something-something. In went some brown sugar and a splash of vanilla. Stir, stir, stir. Second taste….yum!

IMG_6592.JPGI poured the apples and raisins into a buttered dish.

IMG_6598-0.JPGSprinkled the chopped caramel pieces on top of the apples.

IMG_6599-0.JPGSpread the granola on top. Baked this baby in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. We’re looking for the caramel to be melted and the topping to be lightly browned.

IMG_6596.JPGYum!

Caramel Apple Crisp
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Put next 4 ingredients in a large pan, stir and cooked covered until apples are soft:

4-5 chopped apples 1tsp cinnamon
Handful of raisins A splash of whiskey

While waiting for apples and raisins to cook, stir together:
2 Tbl butter, melted. 1 cup granola
1/2 cup chopped pecans. 1 Tbl brown sugar
1tsp vanilla

When apples are soft, pour into a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with:
12-15 Kraft Caramels, unwrapped and chopped

Bake in a 350 degree oven until caramel is melted and topping is slightly browned.

Happy Fall Y’all! Hey thanks for dropping by!

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Peach Crumble

One of my very favorite things about summer is Peaches!
Oh my goodness, I love eating them over the kitchen sink as the juice drips through my fingers. I only buy them from a local farm. Vacationers traveling to the beach stop to buy them on their way to the beach. I bought my 236th bag of peaches yesterday and wanted to make a cobbler or pie or crisp. Looking in my cabinets for ingredients, I decided with the crisp.IMG_6297.JPGHere are the simple ingredients: Peaches, butter, brown sugar and granola.IMG_6300.JPGI peeled and sliced four peaches. Look at the beautiful peach and red colors. These are Red Globe Peaches in which the pit just pops right out. I don’t add sugar to the peaches because they are sooo sweet on their own.IMG_6301-0.JPGI melted a half a stick of butter and half a cup of brown sugar in the microwave. I think I probably could just eat this melted buttery sugar delight all by itself. I put my finger In it to have just an itty bitty taste.IMG_6295.JPGI added a cup or so of granola to the melted butter-sugar and stirred it up.

IMG_6296.JPGNext step was to sprinkle the granola over the peaches. The crisp was baked in the 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.

IMG_6298.JPGMmmm….it smells so good!

IMG_6299.JPGNo cobbler-pie-crisp would be complete without vanilla ice cream! Yum yum!!!

Peach Crisp
3-4 peaches
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 1/4 cup of granola

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel and slice peaches into a 8×8 casserole dish. Melt butter and sugar in microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Add granola to butter and stir. Top the peaches with granola and bake for 20-30 minutes.

Hope you can enjoy some sweet peaches this summer!

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