For the past few years, I have tried to perfect this easy recipe. Unfortunately, the more I “perfect” it seems to add more steps and more ingredients. AND, more sugar!!
So, I decided not to do anything else to it unless I create another recipe using this as a base. In the past, I have heard nice comments that this dish tastes like a syrupy, nutty flavorful dish often comes from the individual requesting more. So, of course, I take that as a very good compliment. But, I do want to warn those that try this, that it IS a sweet dish!! It is more like a dessert than a side-dish.
You could also add vanilla ice cream for an Ala Mode . Yumm!! Even better. Enjoy!
Baked Apples & Walnuts with Caramel Sauce
Yields: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 32 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes
3 apples, cored and sliced
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 stick butter or margarine, sliced into 1/4” pads
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons butter
11 caramel candy squares, unwrapped
Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray an 8-inch glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Mix dry ingredients in small bowl. Stir. Set aside. Place apple slices in baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Place 1/2 of butter pads on top of apples. Spoon dry ingredient mixture over apples. Place remaining pads of butter on top.
Place baking dish on to cookie sheet or shallow baking pan to help with any bubbling over. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Remove dish from oven and slightly stir in top ingredients into the liquid part of dish. Place back into oven for an additional 10 minutes.
While apples are baking, combine condensed milk, butter and caramels into a small microwave-safe dish. Place in microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for another minute. Stir with fork. Once mixture has melted, whisk for 30 seconds. Liquid should bubble slightly. Set aside for 20 minutes; liquid should become thicker.
Remove apples from oven. Cool for at least 5 minutes. Spoon apples into bowls. Drizzle caramel sauce over apples and serve warm.
NOTE: I have recently entered this recipe in a blog recipe contest located at http://www.kitchencorners.com You’ll have to check out Damaris’ blog.