Going #TaptoTable With A Savory Maple Apple Cheddar Crisp With Salted Maple Caramel Sauce

Maple Apple Cheddar Crisp with Satled Maple Caramel Sauce | Cooking In Stilettos

 

There is nothing I adore more than the meld of sweet and savory. If I see salted caramel, there’s a strong likelihood that I’ll be trying it. When Crown Maple presented a few bloggers with a Tap to Table Recipe Challenge to meld sweet and savory with Crown Maple being at the forefront, I knew I had to take it on.

I originally thought I’d go with a crostata but we all know my irrational culinary fear of all things pie crust. I also love melding cheddar cheese with apples – there’s something about the sharpness of the cheddar melted onto the spiced sweet apples that is heaven. Having grown up in New England, it tends to be a bit more common than people think. Also one thing that can be found everywhere in New England – pure maple syrup. Whenever friends and family come down from there to visit, I always ask for them to bring me a bottle of maple syrup or some maple candy. However, I need to confess – I don’t bake often with maple syrup and, after this recipe, I need to rectify it. There’s a pure sweetness that the maple brings to this apple crisp and the maple sugar and maple syrup melted into a rich gooey salted caramel is the perfect drizzle over a divine dessert.

Next time you are wanting a bit of savory and sweet and want your guests to beg for the recipe, make this Maple Apple Cheddar Crisp with Salted Maple Caramel Sauce – they will love you forever!

Happy Holidays everyone!

On to the recipe:

Gather the ingredients

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The key ingredient – All Things Crown Maple

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Adding the maple to the apples

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Love this cheesy crisp topping

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Look at the apples bubbling

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Time to make the caramel

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Now – don’t you want a bite?

Maple Apple Cheddar Crisp With Salted Maple Caramel Sauce

Maple Apple Cheddar Crisp With Salted Maple Caramel Sauce

Maple and Apples are a classic combination. Add a sharp cheddar cheese to the mix and drizzle with Salted Maple Caramel and you have a dessert that will have people asking for seconds!

Ingredients

    For the Apple Filling
  • 5 – 6 apples, diced (I used Braeburn apples – divine)
  • 2/3 of pure maple syrup (I used medium amber)
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • For the Crisp Topping
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of finely shredded cheddar cheese (I like it sharper than mild)
  • For the Salted Maple Caramel Sauce
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of maple sugar
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure maple syrup (I used medium amber)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the diced apples, maple syrup, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and the kosher salt.
  3. Pour into a lightly greased pie plate.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Using a pastry cutter (or your hands), cut in the butter until it turns crumbly.
  6. Mix in the shredded cheddar cheese and pour over the apple filling.
  7. Bake for about 35 – 45 minutes, until the crust is browned, the cheese is a touch melty and the apples are bubbling.
  8. To make the caramel:
  9. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, melt the butter.
  10. Whisk in the maple sugar and bring to a boil for about 2 minutes or so.
  11. Carefully whisk in the heavy cream and let boil for about 3 minutes, until it is thick and covers the back of a spoon.
  12. Take off the heat and whisk in the salt and maple syrup.
  13. Serve with the apple crisp and enjoy!

Caramel Recipe slightly adapted from Bon Appetit

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FTC Disclaimer:  I was provided the Crown Maple Syrup and Sugar as part of the challenge.  I was not compensated for this post.  As always – my opinions are 100% my own.

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