Sep 7, 2012

Chocolate Apple Crisp

This is the perfect dessert for a day like today. Rainy, humid and just plain ugly. Comfort food is a must. I walked a lot and half of the time under a light drizzle that eventually made my shoes make a squishy, watery noise and my jeans be soaked up to the knees. At first there´s a faint feeling of humid feet and, before you know it or are smart enough to grab a cab, you look like a poor soul, wet hair sticking to your forehead, the most diverse leaves and twigs clamped to your pants and the disbelieving looks of passers-by that can´t quite place why you ended up in such a state. It´s not like I´m a teenager anymore, I don´t look cute in such a sorry state.
The funny thing is that I kind of enjoyed my ride, knowing I was walking back home, to a nice shower and a bowl of chocolate apple crisp.

Thanks to my tornado, multi-tasker, skinny blogging friend Liz, I joined a group about chocolate. Let´s not even get into the reasons because there´s only one: chocolate. Once a month, paired with another ingredient, bake with a bunch of awesome bloggers group. The mind behind it is Roxana, of Roxana´s Home Baking and is aptly called Chocolate Party.
You are invited to link up any chocolate apple recipe you make in september on our Chocolate Party page. Check out the fantastic recipes and get inspired!

The september ingredient, besides chocolate, is apples. I decided to make a chocolate apple crisp, based on my grandmothers´recipe and also on a recipe in this book, which has become a bit of a favorite lately. The result is incredible. Really, the combination of apples, cocoa and buckwheat is amazing. And it comes together in no time. Perfect for so many occasions when you need a fast and somewhat different dessert. I didn´t try it with some fresh cream, but I imagine it will be even better.


Note: the crumble is enough for twice the amount of apples.

4 green apples
Juice of half a lemon
4 Tbs sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tbs chopped walnuts (optional)

2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup buckwheat flour
1 ½ Tbs cocoa powder
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup butter, cold
½ cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven in 350ºF (180ºC).
Butter 8 individual ceramic ramekins.
In a small bowl mix sugar, cinnamon and walnuts if using.
For the crumble, in the bowl of a food processor add flours, cocoa, brown sugar and pulse a few times to mix. Add butter in pieces and pulse until clumps begin to form. Transfer to a medium bowl and reserve.
Peel, core and cut apples in small dice. Divide evenly among bottom of ramekings, sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture and drizzle with the lemon juice.
Put two Tbs of flour/butter mixture over the apples, distributing evenly. Divide chocolate chips evenly among ramekins.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until dry and bubbly. 


  1. We have 6 apple trees on our property and I am always looking for recipes with apples. This one is right will fit the bill. Apples and chocholate - what could be better?

  2. Hooray!! You did it...and what a marvelous recipe you chose. I'd never thought of a chocolate topping for apple crisp, but it looks amazing~

  3. I love Beatrice cookbook and this apple crisp sounds perfect for fall. Thanks for sharing it with the #chocolateparty!

  4. Great twist on the traditional apple crisp. Yum!

  5. Love your very creative chocolate apple crisp, the combination of flavors takes care of a couple of cravings at once, the fruity crisp and last but not least the warm melty chocolate, oh yum!

  6. This looks incredible, Paula! What an awesome recipe for the chocolate party! Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Apples + chocolate is new idea..and I really like it :) sounds like a real comfort food :)

  8. Why not add chocolate to apple crisp? :) yum!

  9. this is great! I've never heard of chocolate apple crisp - sounds like a wonderful idea!
    Mary x

  10. What incredible pairing my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Wow, I would've never thought to put apples and chocolate together but that looks fantastic! This proves that chocolate really DOES go with everything! The Chocolate Party is such a great idea - I just requested to join the group on FB. This is totally up my alley - i'm obsessed with chocolate!

  12. Chocolate apple crisp is a delicious idea!

  13. This look super yummy, I totally have to try it!

  14. Paula, this is the perfect dessert for a rainy day and I had never heard of chocolate apple crisp either - now I know better and it looks like one creative treat!

  15. Paula, I think my previous comment disappeared...if it did not, please delete one of them...I had never heard of chocolate apple crisps before either but it does sound like one creative sweet treat for a rainy day, just perfect.

  16. Wow, I would love to have this for breakfast!


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