My dad requested Caramel Apple Streusel Squares for dessert this weekend. I asked how he picked the recipe, thinking he would mention fall and apples, but no, he said he did a search for "recipes with sweetened condensed milk". Oh. Well, I thought it was the perfect fall dessert... not that it feels like fall right now, BUT IT IS.
I had all the ingredients on hand except for the apples. I used my new Pampered Chef mandolin to slice the apples in thin, uniform slices. I used the 2nd setting though next time I will use the 3rd setting to have thicker slices. I have also decided that I will always use the guard because I do not want to cut off any of my fingertips. Mandolins are scary!
This dessert is all about the crust and topping. It is sweet with brown sugar and spicy with the cinnamon and nutmeg. The apples are nestled between the layers and the caramel mixture ties it all together. I put some extra caramel sauce on top because the top seemed a little dry. This addition just made the bars even more delicious.