If you’ve ever read basically ANY post on this site, you’ll know by now that I have a sweet tooth. I do looooove my sweets! I also like being healthy, so obviously I’ve got to balance the two things out: sugar vs. health — it’s a knockdown, drag-out battle! Which…health will win, because I manage my sweet tooth with one thing.
What is this magic thing that keeps my sweet tooth happy and my health at an even keel?
Fruit. That’s it. That’s the key.
The DH and I manage to eat at least 3 fruit bowls worth of fruit every week, no joke, and most of that is because of me. I wake up and eat fruit with my breakfast, often grab a piece of fruit when running out of the door to work, sometimes pack some fruit in my lunch on top of salads and definitely pack a homemade fruit salad in the DH’s lunch, come home after work and eat some fruit before dinner, and then eat looooots of fruit in the evening as snacks. High in fibre (which is important for me with my IBS), low(-ish) in calories, and full of taste and sweet, sweet sugar! Ah, fruit! How I do love thee!
Despite the strong relationship that I have with fruit, I still have a love affair with baked goods. How to marry the two? In recipes like my deeeelicious Harvest Apple Crumble (award-winning, yo’!) or in this week’s bake-a-long recipe, Custardy Apple Squares.
It’s autumn, and my bake-a-long group is baking an apple recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi cookbook. Basically, it’s apple slices covered in a leeeetle bit of batter (similar to crepe batter), and baked until puffy and golden.
It goes into the pan all lumpy and bumpy and comes out of the pan all layered and golden. Let it cool, slice it up, sprinkle with icing sugar, and eat with abandon! It’s surprisingly healthy, and yet surprisingly tasty — mostly due to fruit, sweet fruit!
So, there you have it. Got a sweet tooth? Satisfy it with fruit. Or baked goods containing fruit. Or…chocolate-covered fruit? Oh, yes, I think that would win!
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Hi! It looks so yummy! 🙂 I’m here from the link up on Southern Plate. I don’t see the actual recipe posted. I’m not computer savvy but did you include it? I can’t wait to try it. Nice to meet you!
Hi Chris! Thanks for the comment, and nice to meet you too! You are totally computer-savvy — I didn’t post the recipe! I’m part of a bake-a-long group that is blogging it’s way through a cookbook. Due to copyright issues, I can’t post the recipes, but I can email it to you. So look for it in your inbox soon!
All the best,
I would love the custardy apple recipe. I too came over from Southern Plate.
Hi Hilda! Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I’ll email that recipe over to you right now, so make sure to check your inbox shortly! 🙂
I would love the recipe for Custardy apple squares.
Hi Dolores! Thanks for checking out my blog! I’ll email that recipe to you ASAP! 🙂
I would also love the recipe.
Hi Sonya! Thanks for checking out my blog post! I’ll email that recipe to you right now. 🙂
I would love to have this recipe looks yummy thanks Pauline
Thanks so much for your comment! And…check your email! 😉
They look great. This is my kind of dessert – fruit with not much else.
Thanks, Zosia! I really did love them.
I do paleo Mon – Fri so when i get to the weekend I can eat my desserts. I would almost always rather have something without fruit though, if i get the chance to splurge a little!
Oooh, I could never do paleo. Now, desserts? I can always do desserts! 🙂
Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
This is really a wonderful dessert – not too heavy and feels virtuous because of the fruit 🙂
Exactly! That’s why I love it so much!
Your Custardy Apple Squares look great! I think I share the same love for fruits as you!
Thanks! And hey, great minds, my friend!
I always enjoy your posts and witty humor. I think fruit is a very good idea. The pear tart is also a winner.
Aw, thanks, Diane! Your comment made my day! And I can’t wait to try the pear tart!
Yes! This is health food, as far as I’m concerned. Perfectly sweet, rich health food!
TOTALLY a health food! Yes! I like how you think!
I love fruity desserts specially ones with apples. Your apple squares look delicious!
Thanks, Summer! Fruity, apple-y desserts are the best!
I got you from Southern Plate. Would u pls. Email me the custardy apple squares recipe. It looks so good and we love apples.
Hi Terri and thanks for checking out my blog! I love apples too and this is a great recipe — I’ll email it to you!
Another Southern Plate fan checking out your blog. Please send me the recipe. Looks yummy. Thanks!
Hi Gail, thanks for checking out my blog! I’ll email Dorie’s recipe to you now!
These look irresistable. Would you please send me the recipe? I would like to make these for breakfast, possibly with some sharp cheddar on the side.
Hi Bonny! Thanks for checking out my blog! I think pairing Dorie’s recipe with cheddar sounds great! (Check your email!:)
I would love to try the custardy apple squares..but unable to locate recipe…any help would be appreciated…love the site…thank you
Thanks for your comment and your compliment! Made my day! And check your email! 😉
Would love the recipe for the custardy apple squares. Thanks so much
Sure, Pat! Check your email!