The One Apple Recipe You Have To Try This Fall

By Claire Thomas

Hey everyone! Claire here, with another installment of my food-inspired-by-film series...

When you think about the birth of rock 'n' roll, a few ideas may come to mind: Elvis’s hips, mostly, and maybe "Rock Around the Clock" or Chuck Berry. You probably don’t think of Glenn Ford getting into a classroom showdown with an “anti-social” student via the film Blackboard Jungle.

What I love about Blackboard Jungle is that it’s a perfect movie of its time. Released in 1955, it’s about rebellious teens at an inner-city high school and the teachers trying to keep a lid on things. It tackled race issues with a star-making turn by Sidney Poitier, kick-starting the concept of “teenage rebellion” as a cultural movement.

The wonderful thing about movies like this one, though, is that they are so representative of their time that they’re practically preserved in amber. To watch it now is to be condescendingly amused. How on earth could a film like this incite violence? It’s so...charmingly benign.

But if you’re a fan of rock movies, teen-sploitation, Sidney Poitier, tight sweaters, or ambitious classroom dramas, you’ll dig this movie. Inspired by the “apple for teacher” cliché, I thought a great way to pay homage to this classic movie, and celebrate the new school season, was with these delicious Salted Caramel Apple Bars. Gooey, crisp, and pure heaven all at once, they just might incite a classroom riot of their own (but for completely different reasons).
Caramel Apple Bars

For the bars:
8 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced 3/8 inch thick
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tbsp cream
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 pie crust recipe
For the streusel:
1 cup flour
2 oz butter, cold and cubed
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
For the salted caramel sauce:
(Makes 2 cups)
1 cup white sugar
4 ounces unsalted butter
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt

For the bars:
1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Combine the apples, flour, sugars, cream, vinegar, salt, and spices in a bowl. Mix until everything is lightly coated.

2. To roll out the dough, let it sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle some flour on top of the dough as well as the surface you’re rolling on. Roll it out to a 12-inch circle, about 1/8 of an inch thick. As you roll out the dough, use a metal spatula to check if the dough is sticking to the surface below. If necessary, add a few sprinkles of flour to keep the dough from sticking.

3. Roll the dough up onto the rolling pin, like a spool, and place onto a 9 x 13 inch pan. Gently unroll and press the dough down to the edges. Fill with the apple slices, mounding a bit in the middle, and cover with streusel.

4. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
For the streusel:
1. Using your fingers or a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Mix in the butter until crumbly. Place on a baking sheet with a silicone mat and bake at 350ºF for 10 minutes.

2. Break apart and mix the streusel up. Bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Crumble and cool.

For the salted caramel sauce:
1. Heat sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, until it turns golden. Stir until all of the sugar is dissolved and just starting to turn a lovely amber color.

2. Turn heat to low, add the butter, and stir to combine (careful, it’ll foam up!). Then, add the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt, stirring to combine. You’ll cook the sauce for about 5 to 10 minutes, until it comes together. It’ll take quite a bit of stirring.

3. Pour the caramel into a glass jar, let it come to room temperature, and store in the fridge for up to two weeks. Pour over everything and anything.
What recipe do you want me to create next month?

X Claire
The Kitchy Kitchen

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