Our Sunday activities included a church potluck at lunch and a 4H Soup Supper Fundraiser in the evening – with exactly one hour between the two.
That meant that we needed to be totally ready for both on Saturday – which made for a pretty crazy kitchen on Saturday afternoon!
I had Angel Girl, her friend Bethany and Dagmar all assisting. When we ran out of dishes we’ll call Buddy and Pedro to wash a few so we could keep moving.
In one afternoon we made barbecue venison, Grandma’s Cherry Dessert (but with blackberries) a chocolate oatmeal cake, lasagna, bread sticks, homemade caramel sauce, potato soup for 100, and a new creation – some yummy Caramel Apple Bars.
At one point – when I was mentally multiplying potato soup recipes in my head and praying that it would all turn out okay (it did!) – I handed Dagmar 2 different apple bar recipes and told her to make something work.
She did! The end result was an oatmeal crust with a gooey caramel apple filling.
We used homemade caramel sauce – since I forgot to buy caramels when I was shopping that morning – and it worked great!
Caramel Apple Bars
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup oatmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional – we didn’t use)
4-1/2 cups peeled and chopped baking apples (we used a fat quart of our frozen apples)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 – 14 ounce package caramels
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
Cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add flour, oats, salt and baking soda. Mix well. Stir in pecans.
Set aside 2 cups.
Press remaining oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 13 x 9 inch pan.
For filling, toss apples with flour and spoon over the crust.
In a saucepan melt the caramels and butter over low heat and drizzle over the apples.
Top with the remaining oatmeal mixture.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool before cutting into bars.