Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–cafĂ© quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.

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Salted Caramel Apple Crisp


SALTED CARAMEL APPLE CRISP
Panera Bread Restaurant Recipe

2 pounds (4 - 6 medium) Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons + 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt, preferably smoked
5 1/2 ounces (half an 11 oz. bag) caramel candies, unwrapped
1/4 cup 2% milk

Heat the oven to 400 degree and coat a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, toss the apple slices with the granulated sugar, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of flour. Spread the coated apples in the prepared baking dish.

In a food processor, combine the brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, butter, 1/3 cup of flour, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Pulse just until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit in the dish and bake until golden brown and bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove the crisp from the oven and let it cool slightly.

Meanwhile, combine the caramel candies and milk in a 2 cup glass measure or bowl. Microwave the mixture on high just until it can be stirred smooth, 1 to 2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds after the first minute of cooking. Cool the caramel sauce slightly; then drizzle it over each serving. Sprinkle each serving with some of the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Serves 8.

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