Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Caramel Apple Spiced Shortcakes

OK, I admit it. I am on a caramel and apple binge. I posted a recipe over on my Napa Farmhouse 1885 blog for "Grownup Caramel Apples", baked apples topped with a caramel & scotch sauce. I have been sampling that dish all week. I decided I needed another apple & caramel recipe and, using leftover biscuits from brunch on Sunday, created spiced apple shortcakes. Drizzling caramel sauce over the dessert made it extra good. You can serve as is or pair with vanilla ice-cream. I am a fan.

The biscuit recipe is my favorite...fast, quick, easy because they are dropped, not rolled, and made with extra virgin olive oil. Increase the size and baking time from the original so you have big biscuits for the shortcakes. I use a 1/4 cup to measure and bake about 10 minutes longer. You will have extra biscuits. That is a good thing. Enjoy for breakfast, with tea as an afternoon snack, or stuffed with your favorite protein for a quick sandwich. Happy Fall everyone!

Caramel Apple Spiced Shortcakes.
(4 servings)

4 Granny Smith or Fuji Apples, cored
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Biscuits 

prepared caramel sauce or dulce de leche (homemade or purchased. I like this brand
Vanilla ice cream

Cut apples into pieces about 1 inch in diameter. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter, olive oil and maple syrup to pan and heat, constantly stirring, until butter is melted. Add apples, water, all the spices and the salt and pepper. Cook, occasionally stirring until the sauce thickens, and the apples soften. (about 15 minutes)

Slice a biscuit in half and place cut side up on serving plate. Top with a large scoop of the spiced apples. Drizzle some of the pan juices on top of the apples. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons caramel sauce over the shortcake. Pair with vanilla ice cream if desired. Repeat with remaining biscuits and apple mixture. Serve immediately.

It is Apple week at Food Network's Fall Fest roundup. Do you have a favorite apple recipe to share? Please list (or link) in the comments below. And be sure to check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends and Food Network. 

The Lemon Bowl: Sparkling Apple Cider Punch
Creative Culinary: 
Boozy Apple Crisp
Homemade Delish: 
Apple Chips
Healthy Eats: 
6 Healthy Treats to Make After Apple Picking
Daisy at Home: 
Fall Farmer's Market Salad
Virtually Homemade: 
Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Apple Bars
Caramel Baked Apples with Cinnamon-Oat Crumble
Napa Farmhouse 1885: 
"Grownup" Caramel Apples
Red or Green: 
Caramel Apple Spiced Shortcakes
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: 
Whole Grain Oat & Millet Pancakes with Shaved Apples
Domesticate Me: 
Roast Chicken, Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese
Taste with the Eyes: 
Classic Apple Tarte Tatin with Cognac and Crème Fraîche
FN Dish: 
Quickest, Easiest Apple Dessert Recipes


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