The one post when apples aren’t low-calorie and healthy

First, before I start, let me write something about The Food Critic aka My Personal Chef and his hate-hate relationship with desserts.

He hates most desserts. Cakes, pies, cookies and yes *gasp* even chocolates. Which explains his difficulty in putting on weight.

So, each time I decided to bake something, I’d end up eating the whole lot. Every. Single. Time. Which explains my difficulty in losing weight.

And then, there were some changes. He suddenly starts eating some of the desserts I made. Maybe it’s because of the frosty silence I had whenever I offered him some piping hot from the oven baked stuff smelling so heavenly that nobody except him could resist it and he said no. Or maybe it’s because some of the baked desserts I’ve been making suits his weird dessert tastes. I dunno. But when I made this…

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

He turned it down.

“I don’t eat apple pies” was his response. Despite the heavenly aroma of baked apples in the air. Despite the ultra-tantalising apple crisp I placed in front of him. Despite it NOT being an apple pie but an apple crisp which is very different, involving different ingredients.

I was frustrated. Annoyed. I had a slightly miffed, hurt expression but it went unnoticed.

So, what the heck. Might as well eat it all by myself. It’d probably take me days to do it. Maybe Mr Picky might like it too but he’s a toddler and he can’t eat much.

Then, one day I came back and found a huge chunk missing from the dish. Yep, The Food Critic raided the fridge and took a piece and then, deciding that he liked it, took another! HAH. His comment?

“This is the first apple pie I actually liked!” in an incredulous tone.

Never mind that it is actually apple crisp and not pie. At least he liked it!

So, here’s the apple crisp that The Food Critic liked:

Apple Crisp Recipe

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp


3 Fuji apples, peeled and cored

3 Fuji apples, peeled and cored and sliced

Note: I used Fuji because we had a lot of these and couldn’t finish it before it spoils but I guess you could use other types of apples

4 – 5 tbsp butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup flour

1 cup oatmeal (instant)

a pinch of salt

1/2 cup almonds (or other nuts, if you prefer)

2 tbsp golden syrup (or maple syrup if you like)

1 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (Celsius).

Arrange the apple slices on the baking pan

2. Arrange the apple slices on the baking pan

Place butter and sugar in a bowl

3. Place butter and sugar in a bowl

4. Either use a mixer or like me, manually cream the butter and sugar using any utensil you are comfortable with.

Gradually add in the flour and mix well to make sure it is all combined

5. Gradually add in the flour and mix well to make sure it is all combined and there were no lumps of dry flour.

Then gradually add in the oatmeal

6. Then gradually add in the oatmeal

Make sure you chop your almonds like this.

7. Make sure you chop your almonds to about this size.

Then add it into the flour mix

8. Then add it into the flour mix and stir well

Mix in half of the chocolate chips

9. Mix in half of the chocolate chips

You then sprinkle some oatmeal and chocolate chips on top

10. Then press the crumbly dough on top of the prepared sliced apples in the baking pan.

Randomly dribble the golden syrup on top

11. Randomly dribble the golden syrup on top

12. Then sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips and some oatmeal on top.

It should look like this before you put it into the oven

13. It should look like this before you put it into the oven

14. Bake it for 40 minutes at 180 degrees (Celsius) or until it turns brown and the apples are cooked and soft (just like the picture underneath the Apple Crisp recipe heading)

And you get your delicious apple crisp with tender-soft baked apples with crunchy, crumbly top

And you get your delicious apple crisp with tender-soft baked apples with crunchy, crumbly top

The best thing about this is that, you can also…

Enjoy it with some ice cream!

Enjoy it with some ice cream!

Needless to say, this whole pan of apple crisp finished within a few days! Oh, by the way, I realised that this is a favourite Thanksgiving dessert too but we don’t celebrate thanksgiving here but it is a great way to get rid of apples we can’t possibly finish by eating it raw!

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Comments: 10

  1. 550ml jar of faith November 13, 2008 at 9:31 am

    That looks heavenly! I imagine it would gather a whole bunch of dessert-phobic to converts! Your choice of Fuji apples was deliberate or accidental? I would’ve thought that the convention would be to go with Granny Smiths.

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  2. ck lam November 13, 2008 at 11:02 am

    I like the best part…the last part with the added ice-cream…haha
    Looks good.

    Btw…I have tagged you in my last post.

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  3. Freya November 13, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Delicious! Reminds me of our Apple Crumble which is very similar. I love the randon drizzling of golden syrup too!

    Freya’s last blog post..Cocoa Pasta – Experimental Recipe No.1

  4. Tom .::. The Food Flunky November 13, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Simple combination of quality ingredients!!! Need I say more … looks divine!

    Tom .::. The Food Flunky’s last blog post..Weapons of Edible Destruction … Exploding Couscous strikes France

  5. HoneyB November 13, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I have never seen chocolate in apple crisp – what a great idea! Looks delish.

    Grumpy isn’t much of a dessert person either, but he does eat certain desserts. Most of my baked goodies go to work because I can’t eat them all myself!

    HoneyB’s last blog post..Pork Chops Braised in Country Gravy and a MEME.

  6. thepinkpeppercorn November 13, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Cute title! Delicious recipe!

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  7. Jessie November 13, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Oh now that looks great! Congrats on getting him to eat it! 😀

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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  8. Reeni November 14, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Hates desserts? I don’t even know what to say to that. That’s a dieter’s dream, if only I could be the same! But then I’d be missing out on lots of delicious dishes, like this apple crisp. I can see why he would give in and try it and like it, it looks perfectly decadent.

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  9. Foong November 14, 2008 at 8:28 am

    550ml: Whenever I bake, I usually just use whatever I have on hand…since we have loads of Fuji apples at home, so might as well use those rather than go out and buy granny smiths. Besides, I don’t follow conventional ways too much…heheh..

    cklam: thanks for the tag! I’ll need some time to ‘work’ on it…heheheh…by the way, it goes VERY WELL with ice cream!

    Freya: Actually I was wondering what to call this as I feel that tastes more like Apple Crumble!

    Tom: heheh..thanks.

    HoneyB: the innate chocolate lover in me is the one who decides to dump in choc chips as an experiment to see how it turns out. Well, it turned out pretty good.

    thepinkpeppercorn: thanks.

    Jessie: I had used all sorts of tactics from cold silence to miffed expression to puppy-dog hurt expression…seems like the best way is to just stuff the dessert into the fridge and let him ‘discover’ it on his own.

    Reeni: I KNOW! If only I could hate desserts, then I won’t be struggling to fit into my skinny jeans from before my pregnancy…

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