sea salt caramel apple crisp


This crisp is so easy! It takes no time at all to make. Now, it does take a while to bake, but you can easily make it ahead of time, and place it in your refrigerator. Put it in the oven just as you are sitting down to dinner. Then you and your guests can smell the apples baking. It is the best!! The fruit in the crisp is not coated with a sugary sauce like you often find in pies. So it tastes tarter and fresher, with a sweet crunchy topping. We added another layer to her crisp. We have topped it with a sea salt caramel drizzle. And yes, it is next level! We love sea salt caramel everything and topping apple crisp with it brings on another dimension to this fruity, crunchy decadence. Of course, if you don’t like sea salt caramel, leave it off. This crisp is amazing with or without it. Enjoy!’


sea salt caramel apple crisp

  • Author: Salt and Share
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour & 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: French


  • 6 large apples (approximately 7 cups), peeled, cored and sliced thinly. (I use Granny Smith because I like a tart apple in my crisps.)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 20 caramels, unwrapped
  • Flaky sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10 inch cast iron skillet or a  3 quart baking dish.
  2. Place apples in single layer in dish, dotting with lemon juice. Repeat until all apples are in the dish. Press down to pack. Place flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in food processor. Add butter and process until crumbly and coarse.
  3. Spread the mixture evenly on top of the apples, pressing down firmly  to essentially make a seal with the topping. Bake approximately 1 hour, until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.
  4. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, melt the caramels. Place caramels in pot on stove top, add 2 T water and stir constantly over low heat. When melted, add the sea salt.
  5. Remove crisp from oven and drizzle with sea salt caramel. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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