I can’t even remember what recipe I was trying to make when Caramel Apple Pie Ice Cream Sauce was born. Maybe bananas foster without bananas since this is similar to those, only with way more yummy sauce and the addition of walnuts.
I prefer to use sweet apples when I make this, but Granny Smith would work just not as sweet perhaps. I use have used Red Delicious, Gala, Honeycrisp and Fuji successfully, but Fuji is my favorite. Probably because it is the sweetest.
Caramel Apple Pie Ice Cream Sauce is best eaten hot to warm and served over ice cream. This creates the perfect marriage of hot and cold, one of my favorite ways to eat desserts and midnight snacks. Or more realistically like the cute little girl on TV says a 10:43 snack. I rarely have my eyes open at midnight these days.
Walnuts can be replaced with any other nut you like on your sundaes or they can be left out. They do provide a nice bit of crunch though.
If you prefer more apples and less caramel sauce, just use more apples or reduce sauce ingredients.
Melt butter over medium heat in a skillet or wide bottom saucepan.
Add apples, sugars, water and cinnamon.
Continue to cook over medium heat until liquid has become a semi-thick liquid and apples are soft. If apples are not soft as the liquid thickens, simply add a little more water and continue cooking.
Add walnuts and stir to coat with syrup.
Remove from heat and serve over ice cream.
Other Sweet Snacks and Desserts to Try: