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Carmel Apple Bars

February 7, 2013

The last few times I went to the store I bought apples, but never ate them.  So I decided I’d bake an apple dish for our Super Bowl party we went to this year. This would be a good fall recipe after going to the orchard.Caramel Apple Bar

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 25-30 min
Total Time:  45-50 min
Yield:  24 servings
Taste: Very Good

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
4 ½ cups coarsely chopped peeled tart apples (3 medium)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 bag (14 ounces) caramels

1)  Preheat oven to 400ºF.
2)  Mix brown sugar, butter and shortening in large bowl. Stir in 1 3/4 cups flour, the oats, salt and baking soda. Reserve 2 cups oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.
3)  Toss apples and 3 tablespoons flour; spread over mixture in pan.
4)  Unwrap and heat caramels over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted; pour evenly over apples. Note, I added a tablespoon of water to help the melting process.
5)  Sprinkle the apple/caramel layer with reserved 2 cups of oat mixture; press lightly.
6)  Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender. Store covered in refrigerator

Source: Betty Crocker

Cooks Note: I never understood the differences between the types of oats.  Here’s a good description of what makes them different. When baking with oats, it’s best to use what the recipe calls for in order for the cooking times to be appropriate.

Quick-Cooking Oats: Also called Instant Oats, differ from regular Rolled or Old-Fashion Oats in that they’re cut into pieces before being steamed and are rolled into thinner flakes.  Therefore, they cook quicker.

Rolled Oats: Also called Old-Fashion Oats, are whole oats that have been steamed and flattened.  Therefore, they take longer to cook.

Steel Cut Oats: Also called Irish or Scotch Oats, are cut, not rolled. They look like chopped up rice, take the longest to cook, and have a slightly chewy consistency.


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