Apple Pie Bars with Easy Caramel Sauce

by Irvin on November 22, 2013 · 4 comments

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Apple Pie Bars by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

The apple pie bars sat by the window sill untouched and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Sure I could just eat it in a bite or two but I also wanted to admire it as the sun set in the later afternoon. The time change from daylight savings had made the San Francisco days short and all I could do was think about was savoring the last bit of warmth before it became dark. Lets just say I am not a fan of the end of daylight savings but it does inspire me to see things in different ways. I went to grab the camera. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

The apple pie bar sat there, as the daylight faded away. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Once the golden hour hit my plate I started to notice how moody it made everything. I rarely photograph food in direct light, something a lot of people always advise against. I’m not that strict when it comes to rules about photography though. Sure there are some things that are better than others, but light is light. Sometimes you want deep dark shadows that create a moody story like the photos above and sometimes you want diffuse soft light because food should  be eaten in happy places like the photos below. It’s rarely an either/or thing, though often I feel a lot of people will tell you otherwise.

Apple Pie Bars on parchment paper and on a plate. Photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

The same seems to go with my blog here. Just as NaBloPoMo has forced me to write and create blog posts on a daily basis, challenging me to do different things than I usually do, it has also forced me to share recipes that I normally wouldn’t think to put on this blog (homemade potato chips anyone?), interesting ways to photograph food and tutorials on using Lightroom to make hipster style photos as well as various ways to tell stories, or at the very least, crank out some blogs posts in an effort to get something up every single day.

Apple Pie Bars with easy caramel sauce. Photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

But back to these apple pie bars. Lately you might have noticed that I’ve been creating easier recipes. It’s not that I don’t love my complicated techniques and all my crazy ingredients. It’s just that with the freelance work I’ve got going on, the personal projects I’m spending hours on and all these blogs posts, I figure I better start making easier and faster recipe. And you know what? I kind of like it. I’m not saying I won’t go back to doing the more difficult stuff, but there’s something really refreshing about going in just figuring out how to make something fast and really good. Like these apple pie bars. They’re easy, fast and crazy tasty. And the drizzle of caramel – well it’s done in the microwave. Make these now. You won’t regret it.

Apple Pie Bars with Easy Caramel Sauce by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

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Chelsea November 23, 2013 at 8:37 am

I recently wrote about the time change problem too – where does the light go? And so early! But that “golden hour,” as you put it, does seem to have its own lovely advantages for photography. The deepness of that first picture is lovely. And golden caramel in golden sinking sun? How could that be wrong?!
As for the recipe, this looks delicious. I’m getting braver about caramels and similar, and the idea of doing it in the microwave makes it seem pretty manageable.

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Jane F November 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I made these this evening and my kitchen smells divine; I’m not sure if I will be able to wait for them to cool down! Thanks for a great recipe.

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annie November 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm

This looks great. I hope I can find some decent locally grown apples to try this with.

And the potato chip recipe was sheer genius. Why would you not share that?

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Kevin November 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Made these with a few of my own twists and loved them – and the next night and for breakfast… My partner Dave’s favorite is Apple Pie and this one was amazing, thanks!

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