Bourbon Caramel Apple Shortcakes are MY FAVORITE! Fluffy little shortcakes topped with sweet cinnamon cooked apples, whipped cream, and bourbon caramel.
Ohhhh haaayyyy. This post dates back to September 2013. Also … I guess shortcakes are definitely not cookies. But whatever because there are 9 puppies at my house.
So back in 2013, when I first made these bourbon caramel apple shortcakes, they were part of a collection of recipes meant to be dedicated to the significant others that tolerate the weirdness that is blog authoring.
If you scroll to the end? There are tons of hilarious interviews plus the recipes that we feed the people that live with us. I should also preface this by saying that Chad is terrible at answering questions. Like… he HATES IT.
Example: Earlier tonight we grabbed some food at Wendy’s because we spent all night at my son’s Christmas concert and also, NINE PUPPIES. Anyway, we all love Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers here so let’s not waste our time with excuses.
Chad ordered some chicken sandwich concoction with sriracha sauce, and the girl at the counter asked if he wanted grilled chicken, crispy chicken, or spicy chicken. MIND MELT. I could see the questionnaire stress all over his give-me-food-now face.
My point is that Chad is a do-er. He’s not a talker. He’s in charge of taste-testing, grocery hauling, and all the weird construction projects I can come up with. He sharpens my knives, fixes all the things I break, and band-aids my cuts because a sliced finger makes me have to put my head between my knees.
I look cross-eyed in this photo. But it’s a good one of my adorable husband. Sacrifice. It’s how we roll.
- What is your favorite blog called? “The only one I read is yours… every once in awhile. “
- What is your favorite prop? “That you use? Um… I can’t think of what all you use. I’m not usually here when you are working on a blog post. Can this be multiple choice?”
- What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen me do for a blog post? “Take everything in the kitchen out on the porch to get a photo. That’s pretty weird right?”
- If you had your own blog what would you call it? “Chad’s Hot S*#%” (this answer has been censored.)
- What do you do for a living & what are your favorite hobbies? “I’m a welder/fabricator. Eating and sleeping are my favorite hobbies.” Okay besides that because you have a lot of hobbies. ” Well I like riding the rail buggy when it’s not tore up. And flying my helicopter.” (It’s radio controlled. We do not have an actual helicopter.)
- Who does the dishes? “You do.”
- When was the last time you did the dishes? “I washed the dishes the last time I got yelled at… months. It’s been months. I’m not allowed in the kitchen. I’ve been told to stay away.
A man of few words. He gives lots of great inspiration, though.
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup cold butter
- 1 egg, plus one lightly beaten egg white (for brushing the shortcakes)
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons fat free buttermilk
- Apple Topping:
- 4 cups chopped apples
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon bourbon
- Bourbon Caramel:
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon bourbon whiskey
- Fresh Whipped Cream:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
- Pre-heat the oven to 425°.
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, 3 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Cut the cold butter into the bowl and then mix with your fingers until coarse crumbles form.
- In a small dish (I like to use my liquid measuring cup), lightly beat together the egg and the buttermilk. Add it to the bowl and stir/fold with a sturdy spatula until just combined (Careful not to overwork the dough! That will make your shortcakes tough instead of tender.).
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead it into a ball. Pat the ball out to about ¾” thick. Cut the dough using a small biscuit cutter (OR whatever you have handy). The size is really your preference but larger will change the bake time. Pictured here are 3" circles. Place your shortcake cut-outs onto an ungreased baking sheet about an inch apart.
- Brush the tops of the shortcakes with the beaten egg white and then sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for about 10 minutes (more for larger shortcakes) - the bottoms will lightly brown and the tops will be golden from the egg wash. Remove them from the baking sheet, and let them cool completely.
- To make the apple topping add the chopped apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, and bourbon to a medium saucepan. Stir the mixture and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until apples are softened but not mushy - about 13 minutes.
- To make the bourbon caramel, pour the water in a small saucepan. Add the sugar in a little pile right in the center of the pan. Turn the heat up to medium high, cover and simmer (this will only take about 30 seconds). Remove the lid and let it continue to simmer for about 12 minutes. Sometimes it takes longer. You are looking for that pretty amber caramel color. Place the pan in the sink, add a tablespoon of the cream and stir it in. It will bubble and sizzle. Keep stirring until it's smooth. Stir in the vanilla and bourbon. If it seems too thick add more cream. You want it to still be sort of saucy as it cools (but I serve this caramel warm because it is DELICIOUS.).
- To make fresh whipped cream, beat the heavy cream and powdered sugar together using the whisk attachment on a stand or hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
- To assemble the shortcakes, place 1-2 shortcakes on each plate. Top with the apple mixture. add whipped cream. Drizzle with the bourbon caramel. Serve!
Wanna know more about your favorite authors and their other halves? Check out these posts:
Erin from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts shared a Round up of Hubbies Favorites
Katerina from Diethood made Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic, and Olives
The idea for this post came from Amanda at i am baker. She did all the hard work collecting links and finding friends to make delicious things.