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Salted Caramel Apple Sundae

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total Time: 50 min
Salted Caramel Apple Sundae in a cup with a spoon

Homemade salted caramel sauce is drizzled over cinnamon-baked apples and silky vanilla ice cream in this cozy, autumnal, all-American sundae.

We Had You At Salted Caramel, Right?

Homemade caramel sauce kissed with flaky sea salt—we could stop right there and everyone would be happy, right? But dessert is not a time for restraint. So, we take our homemade salty caramel sauce and drizzle it over tender cinnamon-baked apples and generous scoops of vanilla ice cream for a sundae so perfect it redefines the genre.

If all of that goodness sounds like a recipe for hours in the kitchen—think again. Fuss-free is the name of the game when it comes to this nostalgic treat. You can prep the apples and caramel sauce up to three days beforehand so all you have to do on the day-of is assemble. Serving to a crowd? Create a sundae bar by laying out all of the toppings buffet-style and letting your guests build their own sundae.

3 honey crisp apples on the counter
apple slices baked on a baking sheet

The Art of The Perfect Ice Cream Scoop

Like any great ice cream sundae recipe, ours begins with the perfect scoop of ice cream. Here are a few tips on how to get a perfect scoop, every time.

  • Let your pint of ice cream sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften.
  • Use a totally dry, room temperature ice cream scoop.
  • Resist the temptation to dip your ice cream scooper in hot water to speed up the process. This can create a thin layer of ice crystals to form and ruin the texture of the ice cream. Nobody wants that.
Salted caramel in a jar

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce 101

Save yourself a trip to the grocery store and learn how to make a salted caramel recipe that doesn’t require a candy thermometer, just a bit of patience and focus. Bonus! Pour this luxurious sauce into jars for holiday gifts or hostess gifts because it’s a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. Just remind the person you give it to that it needs to be refrigerated. Here’s how to make caramel sauce:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan, and stir gently with a wooden spoon until you’ve got a uniform mixture that reminds you of the texture of wet sand.
  2. OK—this is really, really important. Once you move the pan to the stove top, DO NOT STIR the sugar-water mixture. Stirring can cause it to seize up. Just let the heat work its magic.
  3. Bring the sugar and water to a boil. Resist the urge to stir, or move the pan. Watch for color change—as soon as the sugar mixtures turns deep amber, get that pan off the stove.
  4. Remember! The cream and sugar need to both be hot when they are combined so this is not a time to dilly daddle. Focus.
  5. In a separate saucepan, warm the heavy cream. Slowly add cream to the caramelized sugar. Stir as your life depends on it until you get a smooth consistency. Add flakey sea salt.
  6. Congrats! You made salted caramel sauce!
Salted Caramel Apple Sundae in a cup with a spoon and linen
homemade caramel sauce being poured over a Salted Caramel Apple Sundae in a cup

How to Make a Caramel Apple Sundae

Baking apples couldn’t be easier—you basically just....bake apples. Here’s how easy it is:

  1. Slice! Core apples, slice into half moon sized shapes and lay onto baking sheet as they await their butter bath.
  2. Melt! Butter, cinnamon and brown sugar in a saucepan. Brush the mixture onto the apples.
  3. Bake! For 30 minutes until tender.
  4. Assemble! Scoop ice cream into the bottom of a dish. Top with apples and caramel.
Salted Caramel Apple Sundae in a cup with a spoon

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Other Apple Recipes We Adore.

We’ve got a thing for apples. And we bet you do, too. Sweet, crisp, and always a little nostalgic, apple desserts always hit the spot. Here are four of our favorites:

Salted Caramel Apple Sundae with vanilla ice cream and a spoon

Ice Cream Sundaes at Home—Easier Than You Thought?

In the world of sundaes, sprinkles reign supreme but there is a new kid on the block and their name is baked apples. Snap a photo of your caramel apple ice cream sundae and maybe even a video of the beautiful people you feed it to. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Salted Caramel Apple Sundae

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total Time: 50 min

Ingredients

Little and Friday's Caramel Sauce

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 cups Heavy cream
  • 2 tsp Sea salt

Sundae

  • 1 Large honeycrisp apple
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 4 Generous scoops french vanilla ice cream

Method

Caramel Sauce

  1. Place sugar in a small saucepan and just cover with water to achieve a wet sand consistency. bring to a boil but do not stir. Using a wet pastry brush, clean down the sides of saucepan to remove any stray sugar crystals.
  2. While the sugar heats up, heat the cream. In a small saucepan, heat cream just to boiling point, do not let it boil.
  3. Continue to boil the sugar until it turns amber in color. At this point, quickly remove from heat.
  4. Gradually add the hot cream to the caramelized sugar, stirring constantly to achieve a smooth consistency. This may take a while but it will eventually combine. Once combined, add salt.
    *Timing is important with caramel. Both the cream and the sugar need to be really hot when they are combined.

Sundae

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.
  2. Slice apple into fourths, using a small paring knife, core each piece. Slice each fourth into four pieces. 16 pieces in total. Lay slices onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Put butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until brown sugar dissolves 5-6 mins.
  4. Using pastry brush, coat the apples completely with the ow sugar mixture. Bake in the oven for 30 min.
  5. To assemble each sundae, scoop ice cream and top with apples and caramel.