These baked Caramel Drizzled Praline Apples are like enjoying a rich and flavorful apple pie without the crust. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of fresh whipped cream for dessert when you're in the mood for a little something sweet.
Baked Caramel Drizzled Praline Apples
- I used Gala apples in this recipe, however, you can certainly adapt using your favorite variety.
- Depending on the variety of apples you choose to use, the amount of sweetness or liquid may need to be slightly adjusted.
- Topping these apples with sweet, rich, buttery caramel just makes sense. That is, according to the rules in my world. Especially, if it's dulce de leche. If you have a favorite caramel ice cream topping, by all means use that instead.
- These praline baked apples are so tasty, they can be served with or without a drizzle of caramel. Although, they're designed to be enjoyed with the drizzle of caramel to tie all of the flavors together. They're also spectacular with a drizzle of my Bourbon Praline Pecan Sauce.
- Add a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream, or fresh whipped cream and it's bound to be a happy dessert day in your kitchen.
What is Dulce de Leche?
Dulce de Leche is a luscious thick caramel made from cooking and reducing sweetened condensed milk. It's readily available in the Hispanic foods section of most grocery stores or specialty stores such as World Market and Williams Sonoma. Alternatively, checkout my recipe for homemade dulce de leche made in a slow cooker. It's one of my favorite things on the planet. Another apple dessert you may enjoy are these Apple Crisp Yogurt Parfaits from The Seasoned Mom.
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Caramel Drizzled Praline Apples
- 8 large apples cored, ends removed and sliced ⅜ inch thick [ I used Gala]
- 8 Tbsp butter divided
- ⅓ cup apple cider or apple juice
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- ½ cup roughly chopped pecan pieces
- 1 cup prepared dulce de leche or quality caramel ice cream topping warmed
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Melt 2 Tbsp of butter, cube the rest. Swirl the melted butter to coat the bottom and sides of a 10-inch cast iron skillet or similar.
- Arrange the apple slices evenly in the skillet overlapping. Drizzle the apple slices with apple cider.
- In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle over the apples. Arrange the pecans and cubed butter on top.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until fork tender and golden.
- Warm the dulce de leche in a microwave safe bowl and drizzle on top.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.