Weighty Issues.

I am on a fluid diet. No, not the kind you drink. The kind that seems to change and adapt each day, due to the fact that my self-discipline chip has apparently been deprogrammed. It doesn’t help,  of course, that I can’t exercise. Still, I think I can do better than this. I am well aware that this side of the holidays may not be the best time to begin, but the real problem is that I may have to lock Victoria in a closet to prevent her from derailing my good intentions like she did last night.


The sin of gluttony, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (from commons.wikimedia.org)

I kept lunch to a minimum yesterday. Dinner was healthy – Baked Halibut en Papillote. Fish, vegetables, rice. I was on course for a mostly guilt-free day. We had gone upstairs after dinner to read, and I thought I had dodged the dessert bullet. I was feeling strong. Didn’t even cave when the CE sat next to me scarfing down a handful of Oreos.

And then it happened. Victoria sent Taylor upstairs with two plates, mouth-wateringly fragrant with the smell of apples and cinnamon. She had made another recipe from the Eiffel Tower cookbook and this one is very, very dangerous. Crisp, delicate layers of phyllo pastry enveloped warm caramelized apples within, and – I am most regretful to report – she added a dollop of vanilla Haagen-Dazs on the side. It would have been rude  (and insane) to decline, even though it likely means I’ve left yet another dress size in the dust.

apple strudel

Seriously, could you resist this?

Since misery loves company, I am going to share the recipe with you, because I think this may be one of the finest desserts I’ve ever tasted:

eiffel tower cookbook

The Eiffel Tower Cookbook


From the Eiffel Tower Restaurant Cookbook

“We use Granny Smith apples in this recipe because they stay crisp and tart, and top it with cinnamon ice cream. The contrast between the flakiness of the dough and the smoothness of the ice cream and the apples is unbeatable. This dish is nice for both dessert and as a treat to enjoy with afternoon tea.”

Serves 6-8

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1/2 cup golden raisins

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

8 sheets thawed frozen phyllo dough

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted

1 cup turbinado sugar

Ice cream

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the apples and stir until the apples are heated through, about 4 minutes. Stir in the granulated sugar, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface with the long side facing you. Brush the sheet with the melted butter, then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the turbinado sugar. Repeat these steps with 3 more sheets of phyllo, creating a stack. Spoon half of the apple filling on the bottom third of the stacked phyllo facing you and roll the phyllo around the filling into a log. Repeat to make another log.


Don't be intimidated by the phyllo layers - it's easy once you get started

Place the strudels on the prepared sheet and brush the tops of each with the melted butter. Sprinkle each strudel with turbinado sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Cut the strudels into 3-inch-thick slices and serve with ice cream.

To balance things out, I will also share with you a web site I’ve read about that is supposed to be a great resource for calorie counting.  It’s called My Fitness Pal, www.myfitnesspal.com.  It’s free, and the site allows you to keep a food diary, exercise log and a check-in to monitor your progress toward your desired goal.

All well and good, but I just want to know if there’s a way to lose weight on an apple strudel diet…otherwise, it’s straight to the closet with Victoria!


About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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3 Responses to Weighty Issues.

  1. Lori says:

    Steven ate the Oreos AND the Apple Strudel? He’s got a lot of nerve 🙂 !!

    Apple Strudel looks YUMMY!!!

  2. pollo amiga says:

    Does myfitnesspal say how many calories are burned raising forkfulls of alsace apple strudel to one’s lips? Several, I’m sure.

  3. Duke says:

    Pass me another piece please…..and while you are at it, where did that other bag of Oreos go?

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