It’s like warm apple pie.

Sorry for the 2 week delay!!! Last week i went to Splendour in the Grass, a music festival in Brisbane for 3 days and saw some of the best bands! So i couldn’t prepare anything to post up.

Yesterday, as I was doing laps in the pool and running around a 1k track, attempting to enjoy an intense Sunday workout, after having woken up following a dismal 4 hours of sleep at 9am, having shopped for ingredients to prepare lunch for my family by noon; i saw some children, on the field, flying kites. For some reason the sight of them made me angry.

Doesn’t start thinking I’m a heartless Grinch or the devil incarnate, I love children, I really do! However, i envy their freedom with such fervour. There they were, giggling about; while I laboured through a painful workout, to burn off said lunch, already thinking about what I had to do right after to be ready for work the next day.

When I was kid, I couldn’t wait to grow up, be like my dad and some now defunct action heroes. At the tender age of 5 I had wild dreams about what i may become, at 10 I started wondering what i would look like when adult and at 13 I couldn’t wait to have many girlfriends. It’s funny actually; i think it was at the age of 16, when everything changed. All of a sudden I started wanting to become tiny, small, young and useless (useless is good sometimes) again.  Not that the age of a 16 yr old is the toughest thing, but when you’re a teenager everything seems to be the end of the world. Now, hopefully wiser, I still have those moments where I wish I could just shut off, shut down, do nothing and be a responsibility ridden child all over again. There are many ways I deal with this need for regression:

–          I listen to music from back then. I read somewhere that the music you listened to when you were about 14, will be music that you can listen to your whole life onwards, without ever getting sick of it. I can see the validity in this statement. At 14 I was listening to Billy Idol, Metallica, The Offspring, Live, Bob Dylan and the likes; and until this day I still do listen to it. However, when I was 18 i listened to Let me Love you by Mario (I still get shivers thinking about it). Thank god i grew out of that one.

–          Sports such as tennis and golf remind me of my tireless lessons and the constant reminder: one day this will come in handy for business meetings/deals. Fast forward to today and i still haven’t played either golf or tennis with a business associate; only squash has proven successful.

–          I’m sure you guessed this last one: Cooking. Well this is a cooking site. So if you were expecting any other deep meaningful conclusion to my rant. Go Away.

McDonald’s was always a reward when were younger, never a convenience or a necessity. My mom wouldn’t allow fast food or snacks in the house and we would only go to these places for birthday parties and good grades. THANK YOU MOM. I never got hooked to fast food and i actually can’t stand the smell or taste of it. Yes you might have seen me with some McDonald fries in my hands at one point, but it was probably 3am, with lots of my peers inhaling burgers and some remnant of alcohol still in my system. But i don’t look for it. In the past 3 years I’ve seriously probably only eaten fast food 4 times. Call it ego if you will; i just think i can cook better burger/fries/pizzas then most of those joints.

One item I’ll give mad props (yes it’s the 90’s all over again) to the Golden Arches (U.S. slang), Mickey-D’s (U.S. slang), Macca’s (Australian slang), Mackey-D’s (British slang), MakDo (Filipino slang), MacDoh (French Canadian slang), McDo (French slang), Makku or Makudo (Japanese slang), McDoof (German slang), McD’s (Scottish slang), Meki (Hungarian slang), Mec (Romanian slang), Donken, ”Mackid nnkan” (Swedish slang) (WTF?).; Is their Apple Pie. Remember that steaming, deep fried, hunk of moist, dripping dough, apple sauce hot enough to burn but you could help but keep stuffing it in your mouth. Well I do and i crave for it. So here’s my spin on this now defunct menu item. I hate you McDonalds.

Fried Apple Pie

Makes about 7-10 portions

Dough: (healthy options)

– 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (or wheat flour)

– 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (or coco sugar)

– 1 teaspoon kosher salt

– 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), chilled and cubed

– 1 large egg, whisked with enough ice-cold water to make 1/2 cup

  1. Mix all together in the order above. Until everything looks like wet sand. Knead in the egg mixture and work dough to a smooth and elastic consistency. If you have an automatic mixer, do everything a medium speed with a kneading hook. If not, work those biceps.
– 4 tart apples peeled and cubed.
– 1 or 2 mangoes.
– 4 tbsp of rum
– 2 tsp of lemon juice
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 2 tbsp of butter
– 4tbsp of sugar (or coco sugar)
  1. Fry the apples in the oil and add all ingredients, cover and let simmer. Remember, you want this to be a gooey thick mixture. Depending on your apples the yield will be very different. the most important is that its a liquid/solid texture, a very thick and unctuous texture. If its too dry, add butter, water, or rhum and let simmer, to get where you want it to be. then add any sugar or lemon juice you want, to get it to what you want it to taste like. In this case, what you are going to taste from the pan is what the end result will taste like even if it still has to go into the oven. Therefore, you NEED to be happy with the filling before you put it in the dough. Let rest in the fridge covered and portioned in aluminum or plastic wrap for at least 45 mins.
  2. Assemble: flour your working surface and rolling pin, roll in circles the size of your hand, it has to be quite thin (3mm), then put a nice spoonful or two of the mixture in the middle and close up in a half moon. remember that the shape needs to be full with mixture, you don’t want it to be off balance. Cut out the unnecessary dough.
  3. Coat slightly every pie with a dab of milk, some white sugar, some lemon rind, cinnamon and brown sugar, for that extra uuuummmppphh.
  4. Fry in very hot vegetable oil (350 F) until brown, bubbly and crispy. (6-8mins)
  5. Or bake at 375 Fahrenheit for about 20 mins or until crispy. On a baking sheet lined with oil.
Sauce (for 1 serving):
– 2 tbsp mascarpone
– 2 tbsp cream
– 1/2 tsp lemon rinds
– 1/2 tsp agave syrup (or maple syrup, or bio honey)
  1. mix all together until you get a uniform sauce.
  2. Plate it all up with a dollop of the sauce, a dash of cinnamon and spurt of agave/maple/honey.
Enjoy and thank fast food for making me angry enough to blog this.


    1. Nathan August 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      Definitely trying this. Thanks :)

    1. chloe August 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      can i just use refined sugar instead of granulated? and what oil would you suggest i fry it with.. tnx. :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm

        Yup that’s fine. You can use vegetable oil, anything you usually use for deep frying.

        1. chloe August 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

          thank you! :) oh and tnx for replying.. cant wait to try the recipe this weekend! :)

    1. Apple August 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      Erwan you read my mind. My coworkers keep bugging me to make apple pie now I have a recipe from u . Now I definetly try I hope I can still serve with cheddar and ice-cream. They said apple pie with cheddar is good. I know ice cream but yours I fried. Ty more power to u

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 17, 2011 at 1:23 am

        yes that is good, i would actually integrate it in the ice cream. Mak and apple pie with sweet sharp cheddar vanilla ice cream!

    1. JV August 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      you inspired me to make this lol. i have a random question, what are the songs that you used in the video lol sorry if its so random haha

    1. Anna May August 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      I love this recipe! I think it’s very do-able for low-skilled-wannabe cooks like myself lol. Do you have any plans at all of setting up your own restaurant? We could use some joints that serve healthy food for a change! Again, thanks for this awesome recipe, will surely be in my to-make list


      1. Erwan Heussaff August 17, 2011 at 1:22 am

        Maybe some time soon. everything in due time. There has to be a demand for healthy food first and unfortunately Manila isnt there yet.

    1. J August 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      in masterchef US season 1 finale they were required to make an apple pie. if u served this, we all know who’s gonna win lol. speaking of, why dont u join masterchef, top chef, etc.? they could use someone like u

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 17, 2011 at 1:21 am

        Well Top Chef, you need to be an actual executive chef or owner already, masterchef i would, but i have a job and cant take that long off work.

    1. Red August 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Erwan what camera are you using I mean the exact model for your stills. I like your photos.

    1. Trexcy Anne Cahilog (@trixlelis) August 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

      where can buy a coconut sugar? … i’ll buy the ingredient maybe this week or next and i cant wait to try this :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 9, 2011 at 10:48 am

        At any local supermarket, if not you can use muscuvado, brown or white, depending on your preferences.

    1. Trexcy Anne Cahilog (@trixlelis) August 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

      where i can buy a coconut sugar? … i’ll buy the ingredients maybe this week or next and i cant wait to try this :) hopefully not too far here in mandaluyong !

    1. Katherine Jane Unay™ (@katjaneunay) August 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      What kind of peaches should I use for a peach mango pie? I really love peach mango pie! <3 Thanks!

      1. Alma  (@lifediscourse) August 10, 2011 at 8:41 am

        Hi katherine, the canned ones will be fine. :) I am an apple pie fiend as well. Thanks Erwan for the recipe. No McDo now!

        1. Erwan Heussaff August 10, 2011 at 11:35 am

          I know, its the to go to pie! And Katherine, yes canned will do. If you are in the islands, juicy peaches are hard to come by. Unless you get on some of thos beautiful japanese ones!

        1. Erwan Heussaff August 17, 2011 at 12:56 am

          haha thanks for reading.

    1. Ivy August 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      don’t you think you overworked your dough? was it tough? just from watching too much cooking shows i thought over massaging your dough would have you end up with a tough pie. and also they used cold butter and made sure there were still lumps of it in the dough itself apparently this would make for a sort of flaky-ish crust.

      buuuuut, the outcome sure looked good and am very eager to try it out :)

      whih pie came out better? the baked batch or the one you fried? :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 17, 2011 at 12:53 am

        Nope not at all. It has to become somewhat elastic. Not like a pizza dough, but at least coherent, so that it maintains its integrity and flake.

    1. Mary Lou Saulog Cervania August 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Just discovered, “The Fat Kid Inside”. Everything I have seen, so far, is fabulous!

      Being foodie from Austin, Texas (Home of Whole Foods and one of the top farmer’s markets in the US), can take for granted getting organic and healthy foods. Miss this quality when I go to the Philippines. Living in Tagaytay when I am there, the fresh fruits and vegetables are a breeze; it is everything else.

      Where do you find this awesome food selection in PI (e.g. Arrowhead Mills Whole Wheat Flour, mascarpone, etc)? Can you recommend your places to get the best ingredients?
      Thanks =D!

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 17, 2011 at 12:55 am

        thank you for dropping by!
        I cant begin to tell you how jealous i am that you have Whole Foods, it’s always my first stop when im in the USA.
        I usually do quite a bit of sourcing to find what i like.

        1. Mary Lou Saulog Cervania August 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm

          It is awesome! Some of my long-time friends work at Whole Foods Corporate so I have seen it small to now! If you ever come to Austin, TX, you need to come to the Whole Foods Flagship store…you will be floored! It is like a food amusement park; it is a must see!

          Sourcing…I ask because not only am amazed about the products you use, but I have a personal story about trying to “source” things when I do not know anything about anywhere:

          My mom was jonesing for a full-on Thanksgiving dinner when I visited one November. Chicken did not do…we had to have a turkey. My dad and I drove all over the Metro-Manila area for two days to finally get one somewhere in Manila for $150 US. Don’t mind the cost, but would love to save the time by not driving everywhere.

          So, if you have some hidden gems to get some of these items…wow, you would be a lifesaver. Thanks =D!

          1. Erwan Heussaff August 25, 2011 at 7:04 am

            i know it think i would cry if i went there.
            We have lots of food importers here nowadays and you can order specialty meats and such from them. The most known is Santis, but there are many others.

        1. mcervania August 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm

          From the pictures on their site, it looks like a super-stocked charcuterie/fromagerie. Will definitely hit up Säntis Silang and/or Alabang when I get into town. It will be nice to get some products that I have missed from Switzerland, as well. Thanks, Erwan!

    1. emily August 9, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      Omg perfect! I thought I was the only one obsessed with McDonald’s apple pie. Will try this one for sure. Since you’ve been trying your hands on the patisserie department, would you kindly post a video on how to make cookie dough cheesecake or cookie dough ice cream pie or cookie dough cupcake – just anything to do with cookie dough? Clearly my palate’s craving for it lately. thanks!

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 17, 2011 at 12:56 am

        haha go by some cookie dough ice cream! Yes im working on my favourite cookie recipe!

    1. Charles August 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      God, I can remember their apple pies… they were so good, one of the best things… sorry, I should say “one of the only good things” they did. I didn’t realise they ceased making this particular item. I hate them too, although will admit sometimes I get a craving for junk food. I know damn well that I can make awesome burgers, but they just don’t have that floppy, stodgy consistency.

      “McDonald’s was always a reward when were younger, never a convenience or a necessity. My mom wouldn’t allow fast food or snacks in the house and we would only go to these places for birthday parties and good grades.”

      Totally, right? I went there maybe once a year when I was a kid. Where the hell did this habit of twice, thrice, or more weekly visits come from for the poor youth of today with their quickly expanding bellies?

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 17, 2011 at 12:58 am

        Yes i agree:”’one of the only good things”. I know what you mean with that floopy consitency, when i want that, i buy regular “petit pains” or hoagies from the bakery and just squish the hell out of my bread and grill it with the burger, it works pretty decent.
        People seem to think its ok to feed their kids with fast food nowadays, its quite sad.

    1. Tinkerbelle (@Lillyheart999) August 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

      so jealous you got to go to the festival, i would love to. love the pics, what a great sounding recipe.

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 17, 2011 at 12:58 am

        best festival experience ever! cant wait for next year!

    1. someone curious August 13, 2011 at 5:25 am

      hi! it sure is a yummy recipe! by the way, what camera are you using? do you edit the pictures or do they appear just as nice as that after the shot? thanks

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 17, 2011 at 12:59 am

        GF1. No im just a good photographer. Hahaha no really, i take extra care with the lighting and fiddle around with the setting quite a bit.

        1. someone curious August 19, 2011 at 3:57 am

          i believe you are a GOOD photographer just by looking at those pictures. well, i have been searching for stores here in Cebu but I did not find one that has panasonic cameras. where did you buy yours? and how much does it cost? i am really into photography. though i did not have any training or workshop. i hope you can reply. it would really help a lot. thanks.

          1. Erwan Heussaff August 25, 2011 at 6:58 am

            i bought mine in Singapore. Order one online :)

    1. monica jean paras August 14, 2011 at 3:48 am

      Please make macaroons! Please! I really wanna know how it’s made. Thanks! Nice pie by the way.

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 17, 2011 at 1:00 am

        really easy to make, the pipping is the hardest part. What flavour do you think would be interesting? something unexpected?

        1. monica jean paras August 19, 2011 at 4:00 am

          i’d like to try the basic ones like strawberry but i’m also interested in nutella, tiramisu, cookies and cream and the like. :D

        1. monica jean paras August 26, 2011 at 2:19 am

          nutella it is! :)

    1. Jhoanne (@strasseweise) August 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      Hmmm, are they really not serving apple pie at McD’s anymore? Or is it just in PI? Coz our McD’s here still has it in their menu.
      Anyways, thanks for creating this blog. Really delightful! :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 17, 2011 at 1:09 am

        it really depends on where you are. it used to be an international menu item, it then becam country specific.

    1. Kat August 17, 2011 at 6:33 am

      It never occurred to me to fry apple pie, even though I’ve had the one from McDonald’s many times now. I’ve made apple crumble with a turbo broiler, because I don’t have an oven, but never pie. This is something I should try one of these days. I actually prefer my apple pie cold. :p

    1. Nina August 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Hi Erwan just wanted to ask if you studied culinary? And where? Cause im planning to go to those with short courses (a few months). Do you have any idea where it would be good to study culinary here in the Phils.? :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff August 25, 2011 at 6:53 am

        there are lots of different options for short courses, have a look online, and only take up the ones with repute and with real chefs at the helm.

    1. Eliza August 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Just wondering, what camera do you use to shoot your videos? BTW, love your v/blog! Really great and inspiring! Definitely want to try it.

    1. therese August 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      ohhh….YUM! im definitely going to try this one day… just like you, i loved the fried apple pie…

      and yes, thank you, fast food.

    1. thedrivencook September 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      OMG this looks so delicious! And you can’t beat a healthier option. :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff September 26, 2011 at 3:11 am

        thouhg a non-healthy option is just as good haha. o well.

    1. Kate October 27, 2011 at 4:36 am

      hi erwan what camera do you use?

    1. Melchor Ceralde Corpuz November 16, 2011 at 5:51 am

      Me and my students are going to try this.! Yey.!

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 16, 2011 at 10:38 pm

        how are young are your students? if super young, you can do the non-whole wheat flour version, they might prefer that.

        1. Melchor November 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm

          Hey.! Around 16-18.! Btw, I haven’t seen Coco Sugar here in Dagupan City, what we have is Palm Sugar, the solid one.. Can we just grate and use that instead.?

          1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 2:29 am

            palm sugar in that form is the best! i love it!

            1. Melchor November 24, 2011 at 8:17 am

              I will try that.! Wink* Btw, here’s our version of your apple pie… We used white sugar and white all purpose flour…

            1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

              I’m so happy this turned out well!! Thank you for trying it out :) looks great.

            1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 8:22 am

              I’ll be sure to try your puto recipe :)

            1. Melchor November 24, 2011 at 10:15 am

              My students love it.! We’ll definitely try your other recipes.!!!

            1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 10:20 am

              Fantastic, thank you.

            1. Melchor November 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm

              I would like to try your Creamy Coconut Spiced Chicken Soba next.!!!

            1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm

              Let me know how it turns out!

            1. Melchor November 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm

              Sure thing.!

    1. Melchor November 24, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Really.? Thanks.! Please do and let me know, I’m excited.. Wink*

    1. Patricia Heikkinen (@Ptrsha) December 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      I made a batch the other night using pineapple bits and candied ginger, and they turned out really great. McDonald’s used to sell pineapple pies and I wonder why they no longer have it. Such a shame, they were my favorite!

    1. Katie February 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks for this! Let’s hope This one succeeds at being good enough to compare to my bf’s grandma’s tarte aux pommes!

      1. Erwan February 14, 2012 at 1:32 am

        usually nothing beats the grandmas recipe

    1. Candice Cepeda February 21, 2012 at 5:15 am

      Hey there. Where can I purchase whole wheat flour in metro manila?

    1. Shane Mari March 17, 2012 at 1:47 am

      Can I use ordinary rock salt for this? And will it still taste pretty much the same without the rum? :) Thank you!

      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:22 am

        go for it, even table salt is fine

    1. xtin March 25, 2012 at 3:45 am

      Could I substitute kosher salt with just ordinary table salt?

      1. Erwan March 26, 2012 at 2:03 am

        go for it.

    1. Ivy June 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

      I’ve been craving for apple pie for like a week! This recipe is really awesome. Now I’m loving this site. <3

      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 2:55 am

        give it a go :)

    1. Emma June 22, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Hi Erwan, it looks so yummy, i will definitely make this for my kids and hubby :)
      More power to you.

      Thanks for the recipe


      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 5:24 am

        Perfect, let me know how it goes!

    1. Gal June 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

      is it okay using canola oil?

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:52 am

        go for it, thats healthy as well

    1. Hazel August 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Hello, can i skip the rum ingredient? will it greatly affect the taste? :) thanks, Hazel

    1. Louis Ben-Joseph January 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      I made this just last night and my family loved it. I like the rustic touch to a fast food favorite. The dough recipe was a little different to what I was used to but it was all well and good. I love the recipe. Thanks, man




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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