Recipe: Canna-Caramel Apple Pie Bars
“As American as Apple Pie” is a saying for a reason - this dessert is such a perfect slice of home, the flavor is pure nostalgia. Normal pie is great, but pie you can eat with your hands is the real ticket - which is why we decided to make our apple pie recipe into convenient bars instead!
These Apple Pie Bars are topped with a thick ribbon of caramel sauce that’s been infused with cannabis compounds through the addition of our Balance 50mg THC cannabis caramel variety (available at retailers across Oregon), made with Oregon Roots Dogwalker strain-specific canna-butter and Limonene and Terpinolene terpenes for when you want a cannabis high with energy and focus. You can also use our brand new Vegan Cannabis Caramels and substitute the ingredients called out below to make this into a super simple vegan-friendly dessert!
This recipe will make 9 apple pie bars with an approximate THC dose of 10-11mg each. You could splurge on two bars if your tolerance is high, cut the butter in the recipe with your own homemade canna-butter to increase the dosage per bar, or if your tolerance is on the lighter side, cut a bar in half for a 5mg dose. When in doubt on dosing, as with all edibles, start low and go slow on consuming to avoid accidental over-consumption, and if you do find yourself feeling the effects of a THC over-consumption, use the tactics in our blog post to help yourself feel better.
For Shortbread Crust
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (or vegan butter!)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
For Apple Filling
Approximately 2 large apples, peeled and sliced thin (we used 1 large Mutsu and 2 small Elstar apples, but you can use any variety you prefer!)
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
For Streusel Topping
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed and chilled (or vegan butter!)
For Caramel Sauce
Approximately 14-15 caramel candies, unwrapped
About 2 to 2-1/2 tbsp heavy cream (or water if using Vegan recipe)
2 Periodic edibles Balance Cannabis Caramels - original or vegan recipe!
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F. Line an 8” x 8” baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper to allow you to lift the bars out once cooked. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar, vanilla and salt to make the crust base. Stir in the flour and mix minimally, until just combined. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes while preparing other ingredient mixes.
For the apple filling, combine your sliced apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and toss to coat the apples evenly in the spice mix. Set aside until crust is cooked and cooled slightly.
For the streusel, whisk together oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut in the chilled butter until the mixture comes together in course crumbs. Set aside.
Once the crust is pre-baked (set on top, just starting to turn golden but not brown), remove from oven and increase cooking temperature to 350 degrees F. Layer the apples onto the crust evenly to completely cover the shortbread, pressing them to fit if needed. Sprinkle the top with your streusel mixture - if you’re like me and realize that you forgot to cut your butter into your dry streusel ingredients before you poured it on (d’oh!), have no fear! Place small cubes of butter evenly across the top of the streusel to create an Apple Brown Bettie-style streusel layer.
Once assembled, bake the bars at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until the streusel is golden brown and the apples that peak through are cooked. While the bars cool, prepare your caramel topping sauce - over a gentle double-boiler, melt the non-cannabis caramel candies and your Periodic edibles caramels together, stirring constantly until completely combined. Add your heavy cream or water to thin out the mixture to a good pouring consistency - usually when the peak of caramel that a fork pulled from the sauce creates immediately collapses on itself and a solid string of caramel is maintained when drizzling.
Once your apple bars have cooled for at least 20 minutes, remove the whole slab of apple bars by the lining paper and place them on a cutting board to portion into 9 squares. Drizzle with your caramel sauce as evenly as you can to get equal dosing across all squares.
And you’re done! We hope you love this recipe, and feel free to send us any feedback or tag us in your social media pictures (@periodicedibles) if you try this one yourself!
Enjoy your edibles responsibly, and be sure to store any leftovers in an airtight container clearly marked with *CONTAINS THC* to avoid accidental consumption incidents.