I don’t know about you, but if there is one thing in the world that I can’t possibly resist, it would have to be apples and cinnamon. You see, me and apples with cinnamon -we go way back. There is a history there that can never be forgotten, and apart from the fact that cinnamon and apples are a match made in taste bud heaven, I think that it is these lingering memories that make any thing with apple spice so irresistible to me.
Growing up, my mum worked hard to keep our diets as healthy and balanced as she could, while still allowing us to enjoy the wonders of delicious homemade foods. So while we were allowed to indulge in a scoop of ice cream or a slice of chocolate cake for dessert from time to time, for the most part those kinds of desserts were reserved for special occasions, and were not part of our regular meal plan. However, after we had finished our suppers – including all of the broccoli and carrots on our plates – we were always rewarded with a little something sweet at the end of the day.
My mum’s go-to desserts were usually freshly cut fruits, which she would jazz up with a little something extra – like bananas with a bit of milk and brown sugar; or fresh strawberries with whipped cream; or apples with cinnamon and a bit of brown sugar. Looking back on it now, this dessert seems so simple and yet, this was one of my favourites as a child. I mean how can you go wrong with apples and cinnamon? The answer to that question is simple – you can’t – like I said before, they are a match made in heaven.
How many of you out there, who like me, are of the opinion that a day isn’t complete unless it ends with a little bit of dessert? I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to help myself when it comes to my dessert cravings after I have finished my dinner. It doesn’t have to be a fancy dessert – just that little something sweet to satisfy my need for sugar before the day is through.
Like I said before, my desserts do not need to be fancy – In fact, most nights I am perfectly content with calling a bowl of freshly sliced strawberries or a spoonful of chocolate almond butter my dessert for the evening. However, there are definitely days when I crave something a little bit more decadent for my weeknight dessert. My cravings for something a little bit more complex in the dessert department usually come at the end of a very long work day or as was the case yesterday… at the end of a very longgggg Monday. Yes, Mondays – I think you know what I mean…
So after Cole and I had finished eating a very healthy dinner of grilled chicken breast with broccoli & kale salads, I felt like we were extremely deserving of a delicious dessert to reward our healthy couple behaviour :p So while Cole was out in the garage working on his truck and various other man tasks, I was scanning through my pantry and fridge for some inspiration for the perfect surprise weeknight dessert for two.
Because I hadn’t exactly followed through on my plans to go grocery shopping over the weekend my ingredient stock was a little low. I was fresh out of eggs and the only ingredients I had (besides dijon mustard and lots of carrots) was about 1/4 cup of butter and a few blueberries from a previous baking endevour. My first thought – I can work with this 😀 Immediately my mind got stuck on the idea of a fresh, warm blueberry crumble for Cole and I to share with a scoop of vanilla ice cream while sitting on the couch watching Lost on Netflix (because we are currently obsessed with that show.)