Apple Starfruit Spiced Crisp


I love fruit crumble, especially my Apple Pear Cranberry Crumble, but not loving the butter in the crumble topping. So every time I made them crumbles, I tweaked the recipe bit by bit until I have this combination – Butterless Spiced Crisp. I use the name crisp because it gives the dish an elegant ring to it.

Making tons of granola got me thinking crumble and granola is almost similar. So why not substitute butter with olive oil to make it crispy? Other tweaked ingredients are substituting with half rice flour and sprinkles of spice. I think I’ve become a spice addict – especially cumin & cardamon, any food that I sprinkle with spices seems to give them an extra kick.

The crisp is quite easy to put together, can be made days in advance and keep in the fridge. Sprinkle them over any seasonal fruits and bake when you want to serve them. This time I use apple and local star fruits that were ripe and juicy. As the name suggested, the name star fruit must have come from it’s shape – when it’s cut cross section, it looks like a star.

Star fruit fighters getting ready in the ring of crisp!   

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Apple Starfruit Spiced Crisp
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Healthy fruit crisp - spices like cumin and aniseed with olive oil on crisp gives the fruit an extra kick
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
  • 30 grams Wheat Flour
  • 20 grams Rice Flour
  • 50 grams Rolled Oats
  • 50g (1/4 cup) Brown Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Aniseed (or substitute with the spice of your choice)
  • 40 ml (1/3 cup) Olive Oil
  • 500g Apples (about 3 medium), preferably a mix of red and green apples
  • 300g Starfruit (about 3 medium)
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients and stir well with a fork, make sure all of the dry ingredients are moistened by the oil. If making in advance, transfer to an airtight container and keep in the fridge.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F).
  3. Peel the apples or you can retain the skin like me. Quarter and core the apples and star fruits, then cut into small chunks.
  4. Arrange the fruit chunks over the bottom of a baking dish (I use is a 20cm rectangle dish) and sprinkle evenly with the crisp topping.
  5. Bake in oven for about 40 minutes, until the apples are tender and the topping golden brown, checking regularly to make sure it doesn't darken too much.
  6. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature and top with fresh fruits.
You can bake the crumble a few hours in advance, and reheat slightly before serving

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  1. You have just made me decide on another apple cake this week! Your crumble looks gorgeous and adding rice flour is a very original trick. Maybe I’ll make a crumble too? I also love adding spices to apple sweets, but cumin sounds so unusual!
    I have never had stair fruits, they look very mysterious and appealing.
    In short it’s the most original apple crumble I have ever seen. Thank you for the inspiring ideas.

  2. Olive oil! Brilliant! I love the buttery taste, but I have to watch my health, so the use of olive oil is perfect! Thank you SO much! Buzzed!

  3. I love this healthier crisp! Olive oil is such a great idea and the starfruit is so pretty!

  4. I love a crumble but as I’m suppose to cut down on dairy, i don’t have it as often as I like and lazy me, hasn’t got down to experimenting with replacing butter with olive so thanks a lot for experimenting for me! 😛 Looks like i’ll have having more crumbles now! haha

    • no worries, i love experimenting, although more often than not, it did not turn out the way i want, and nobody in the house wants to eat them, so i have to gobble up everything 🙂

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