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Bourbon Caramel Apple Shortcakes

 Bourbon Caramel Apple Shortcakes are MY FAVORITE! Fluffy little shortcakes topped with sweet cinnamon cooked apples, whipped cream, and bourbon caramel.

Bourbon Caramel Apple Shortcakes

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.

Bourbon caramel Apple Shortcakes

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.

Anyway.

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.

Chad and Heather September 2016

I look cross-eyed in this photo. But it’s a good one of my adorable husband. Sacrifice. It’s how we roll.

Questions Answered:

  • 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.

Bourbon Caramel Apple Shortcakes

A man of few words. He gives lots of great inspiration, though.

Bourbon Caramel Apple Shortcakes

Bourbon Caramel Apple Shortcakes

Bourbon Caramel Apple Shortcakes

Yield: serves 6-10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Bourbon Caramel Apple Shortcakes are an excellent easy [boozy] dessert to serve a crowd and are great for holidays. Homemade shortcakes are covered in cooked cinnamon apples, bourbon caramel, and whipped cream.

Ingredients

Shortcakes:

  • 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
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon

Bourbon Caramel:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 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)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425°.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, 3 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cut the cold butter into the bowl and then mix with your fingers until coarse crumbles form.
  4. 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.).
  5. 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.
  6. Brush the tops of the shortcakes with the beaten egg white and then sprinkle with sugar.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.).
  10. 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.
  11. 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!

Notes

If you need to do this quickly, store-bought shortcakes will eliminate steps 1-7 and you can always buy whipped cream instead of making your own. Homemade Apple pie topping and bourbon caramel are the crucial elements to this recipe so don't skimp there! Those two steps on the stove will only take you about 20 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 365 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 73mg Sodium: 354mg Carbohydrates: 43g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 21g Protein: 5g

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Anthony Allen

Sunday 15th of September 2019

Symphony of tastes ! Brava !

Richard Tunner

Thursday 5th of September 2019

Wow. Pretty sure there are no words to describe this gorgeousness!

Susan Dubose

Thursday 5th of September 2019

This is a brilliant idea for a Fall dessert and a nice memory for you. Thanks you. A will try!!!

Rimmy

Friday 16th of August 2019

amazing idea! and oh my gosh it looks so decadent! absolutely yummy! and beautiful

taylor johnson @tayloright

Friday 26th of April 2019

Thank you for this recipe Heather! I absolutely LOVE carmel anything!