We recently re-started a tradition on my team at work of weekly Dessert Days! One or two people sign up each week to bring in a dessert, then at 2:00pm on Wednesdays, we drop what we’re doing for a quick social break centered around delicious sweet treats. Sometimes these desserts are store-bought (we’ve had yummy sweets from Whole Foods and even candies from Europe), but most of the time, people try their hand at baking a homemade dessert. It’s been a neat way to get to know each other better as we discover hidden baking skills and the creative dessert choices of those on our team!
I signed up earlier this month and while I knew it would be best to go with something that screamed of the season, I was following a line-up of some great pumpkin desserts already. I decided to look for a recipe with apples, since we had a few freshly-picked apples from Hollin Farms thanks to my brother and his girlfriend! I landed on these delicious Caramel Apple Crisp Bars by The Law Student’s Wife, which are actually vegan. We have a vegan colleague on our team who often can’t partake in our team food, so this recipe was perfect for her. Even though I am not a full vegan, I really respect and appreciate the approach to food. Eating a dessert made with quality, real ingredients was very appealing. And now that I’ve discovered Earth Balance vegan butter, I bet I’ll end up using it in most recipes now moving forward. (It’s already appeared in my ever-evolving versions of The Pioneer Woman’s mac ‘n’ cheese recipe!)
My coworkers said this recipe tasted like apple pie! I know so many people end up with extra apples around this time of year after going apple-picking. This dessert provides a delicious way to use a few.
Also, I made the corresponding vegan caramel sauce for this recipe and had leftovers. It’s delicious spread on sliced apples or snuck into a peanut butter and apple sandwich.