Caramel Apple Pretzel Slice

This luscious chilled slice has a wonderful combination of flavours and textures. A base of crunchy crushed pretzel with a hint of cinnamon, a sweet creamy filling, and a layer of homemade apple jelly with fresh grated apple make a delicious slice. A drizzle of caramel topping added just before serving is the perfect sweet finishing touch to this dessert.

Like many food cravings, this one started with a fond childhood memory. Well, in a way, it did. I had a craving for strawberry pretzel salad, which was a very popular dessert at family picnics, when I was growing up in the 1980’s, in Ohio. The sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy juxtapositions made for a delightful dessert. I’ve made strawberry pretzel salad a few times, and my family really enjoyed it. It was just as delicious as I had remembered.

Then… I thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful to try making this dessert with apples instead of strawberries? Yes, that sounds delicious. Then, I had a revelation… What would make this even better? Caramel sauce. Oh, yessss. So, that is how this recipe for Caramel Apple Pretzel Slice was born.

Caramel Apple Pretzel Slice

I daydreamed about making this Caramel Apple Pretzel Slice for months. Since it’s a chilled dessert, I was waiting for summer to make it. I’m always looking for things to make in the heat of summer, since I live in such a hot climate, here in South Australia. But I kept pushing it back, because I kept making other things. Other cravings had to be satisfied, you see. Next thing I knew, summer was nearly over, and I had not yet made this slice. I finally made this dessert on the second-to-last day of summer. It was well worth the wait! In fact, I think it’s a pretty perfect late summer dessert, since apples are coming into season, and a chilled dessert is always welcome at this warm time of year. Of course, it would be delicious any time of year!

By the way, for those of you who are wondering what the term “slice” is all about, as far as I can tell, it is an Australian word for just about anything, sweet or savory, which can be served in slices. Things which we Americans would call a brownie, bar, frittata, or even a salad, as in this case, would probably be called a slice, here in Australia. It makes sense, for this recipe to be called a slice, since it is served in slices.

Caramel Apple Pretzel Slice

I’ve got to say, this dessert was luscious. I love a good sweet and salty balance, as well as a contrast of crunchy and creamy textures. The fruitiness of the apple also works beautifully. This slice is fairly easy to make. It just takes a bit of time to do the layers. There is more waiting than work involved. You won’t need to turn on your oven at all to make this slice. You will need to turn on your food processor and your mixer, unless you are willing to put in a good arm workout (I’m not).

The pretzel crust and the creamy layer are both quite easy to make. The apple jelly layer was a challenge for me to figure out, when I was considering how to create this recipe. I wanted the apple layer to be easy to make, and to taste very fresh and fruity. Also, I thought it might be difficult to find apple jelly mix.

One great thing that I learned is how incredibly easy it is to make your own jelly from fruit juice. You just use a simple ratio of 1 Tbsp gelatin powder to 2 cups juice. It’s super easy, and you don’t need to add any sugar. The fruit juice is sweet enough. I used cloudy apple juice, because I like it a lot more than the clear kind. So, I made apple jelly for the apple layer, along with grated apple. I know grating apple might seem a little odd. Trust me, though, it’s lovely. Grated apple has such a fresh taste, and it works really well in this dessert. (I first made it for my son, when he was a baby. It is a quick, easy treat for little ones who are just starting to learn how to eat.  Make homemade apple jelly for your babies and toddlers. They’ll love it!)

As for the caramel sauce on top, you really need to drizzle the sauce on just before serving. If you do it too early, the caramel will mix with the apple jelly and make a less-than-pretty presentation. If you like more salt than sweetness, you could use salted caramel sauce instead of caramel sauce.

Enjoy…

Caramel Apple Pretzel Slice

This luscious chilled slice has a wonderful combination of flavours and textures. A base of crunchy crushed pretzel with a hint of cinnamon, a sweet creamy filling, and a layer of homemade apple jelly with fresh grated apple make a delicious slice. A drizzle of caramel topping added just before serving is the perfect sweet finishing touch to this dessert.

My recipe was inspired by a recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Salad. Directions for the apple jelly were found here.

Ingredients

For Crust:

  • 2 cups/ 200 g pretzels
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 7/8 cup/ 200 g salted butter, melted and cooled slightly

For Creamy Filling:

  • 8 oz/ 225g cream cheese (not low fat), at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 oz/ 225mL whipping cream/ thickened cream (not low fat)

For Apple Jelly Layer:

  • 1 Tbsp gelatin powder
  • 2 cups cloudy apple juice
  • 1 large apple

Topping:

  • Store-bought (or homemade) caramel sauce, in a squeeze bottle

Directions

For Crust:

  1. Spray oil or butter a 9 x 13-inch Pyrex baking pan.
  2. Put pretzels, sugar, and cinnamon in bowl of food processor. Pulse until pretzels are crushed to fine crumbs. Pour the melted butter over pretzel crumbs. Stir with a fork until pretzel mixture is evenly moistened with butter.
  3. Press mixture into bottom of baking pan. Chill for about 20-30 minutes, while preparing the creamy filling.

For Creamy Filling:

  1. Using an electric mixer, whip the whipping/ thickened cream until fluffy. (Do not walk away, while mixing! This will happen very quickly!) Using a rubber spatula, scoop out whipped cream into a large glass bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  2. Using electric mixer, again, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, for about 2 minutes.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the whipped, sweetened cream cheese.
  4. Spread cream mixture evenly over the pretzel crust. Refrigerate slice while you prepare the apple jelly layer.

For Apple Jelly Layer:

  1. Pour 1 cup of cloudy apple juice into a saucepan, and warm over low heat. You don’t need to boil the juice, just to warm it up.
  2. Once apple juice is warm (Use your finger to test warmth. It should be warm, not hot.), whisk in 1 Tbsp gelatin powder. Mix it well, until there are no clumps.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat. Whisk in the other cup of apple juice, until blended. Pour jelly into a large Pyrex bowl.
  4. Refrigerate jelly for 1 1/2 hours or until thickened, but not completely set.
  5. Once jelly is the right consistency, peel and grate the apple. Gently stir 1 cup of grated apple into apple jelly.
  6. Spoon blobs of apple jelly mixture over the cream cheese layer. Gently and evenly spread jelly mixture over creamy filling.
  7. Cover and refrigerate slice for at least 3 hours, or until apple jelly layer is firm.
  8. Cut slice into squares, to serve. Drizzle caramel sauce over each serving. Serve immediately.
  9. Leftovers should be stored, covered, in the refrigerator. Slice will stay fresh for 2 days.

This recipe was created by Kim Sequoia for a delicious moment.

All written content and photos are copyright Kim Sequoia 2018 for a delicious moment.

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