Monday, July 7, 2014

4th O' July Weekend + Apple Caramel Brownies

 When it comes to holiday's Christmas is my very favorite, closely followed by the 4th of July as a second. I absolutely love fireworks and it seems my sweet niece does too. She sat mesmerized, talking up a storm as she watched. I'm so thankful for the men and women that have and will serve our country and give up their lives, comfort/needs, family, etc.

I started my 4 day weekend [oh yeah!] off with a 5K and walked in a parade with our church's float. A few hours relaxing by the pool with my favorite bride to be and then dinner at Morgan & Caleb's and fireworks with them. Saturday, I got to make my FIRST ever trip to Ikea on our way home from picking up Cassidy's wedding gown. Definitely a fun girl outing and back home to whip up the amazing Apple Caramel Brownies below. Last night contained more fireworks....because the 4th of July can never have too many fireworks!


Apple Caramel Brownies: 
These babies are so easy and delish! They kinda remind us of zucchini bread or an apple coffee cake. 

Apple Caramel Brownies

Ingredients
 
2 stick salted butter, melted and cooled.
2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup white sugar 
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large egg
1 cup chopped pecans, plus 1/2 cup for the very top
4 large firm-sweet apples (about 1 pound) peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes, about 2 3/4 cups
35-ish caramel candies


Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 X 13 pan with either cooking spray, butter, or parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In another bowl beat together butter, sugar and egg with a hand mixer until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add chopped pecans and apples, and stir by hand until combined. Add flour mixture, and stir until combined.
  3. Spread batter in pan. Place caramel candies in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds,at a time, stirring until completely melted. Drizzle caramel over batter, remaining 1/2 cup pecans and bake until golden, about 40-45 minutes. Cool before cutting. 
You can drizzle more caramel on top after they've cooled if your heart desires to...but I like them as is. 

Adapted from Foodie Crush






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