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…
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
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).
4. Either use a mixer or like me, manually cream the butter and sugar using any utensil you are comfortable with.
12. Then sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips and some oatmeal on top.
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)
The best thing about this is that, you can also…
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!