Custardy Apple Squares & How I Manage My Sweet Tooth


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.

Simple, yes?

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.

Those layers though!

Those layers though!

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!

Next Post: Homemade yoghurt, oh yeah!!! Way super-duper easier than you think. Like, seriously.

Linking up at Meal Plan Monday!

37 thoughts on “Custardy Apple Squares & How I Manage My Sweet Tooth

  1. WiffytoJ

    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!

    1. Margaret Post author

      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,

        1. Margaret Post author

          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! 🙂

  2. Nicole Price

    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!

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  4. Terri

    I got you from Southern Plate. Would u pls. Email me the custardy apple squares recipe. It looks so good and we love apples.
    Thank you

  5. Bonny

    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.
    Thank you!

  6. deb

    I would love to try the custardy apple squares..but unable to locate recipe…any help would be appreciated…love the site…thank you

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