Man Bait Apple Crisp

This weeks Sundays With Joy post lined up perfectly with another fun project I was invited to participate in. Aimee from Shugary Sweets and Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life are hosting an Applicious week filled with apple recipes, as well as some fun giveaways. I am just one of many bloggers participating. Be sure to check out my blog and the others participating for some new apple recipes!

Here are some of the others playing along...

Keri from Shaken Together Life
Amy from Fearless Homemaker
Sally from Sally's Baking Addiction
4 Sisters from Crumbs and Chaos
Averie from Averie Cooks
Crystal from A Pumpkin and A Princess
Cassie from Bake your Day
Ali from Jam Hands
6 Sisters from Six Sisters Stuff
Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life
Aimee from Shugary Sweets

Now for Sundays With Joy.........

I'm a married women, as most of you know, so I don't really need to "bait" a man anytime soon. Or hopefully ever again. But there are times when I need to do some buttering up. Like say.... I want to buy concert tickets to my favorite show and want hubs to take the day off, or perhaps I need a new camera lens, or to drop a ghastly 200 on getting my hair done. Want to no how I get what I want?

Joy the Bakers Man Bait Apple Crisp. It will bring almost any man to their knees. Screw the fancy desserts, stick with simple. After all... most men are pretty simple in their likings right?

According to Joy, things like taking a shower and making a possible mate this apple crisp should do the trick.

You know what, I think she's right! Just the smell of this apple crisp wafting out of the kitchen will bring him to his knees.

Joy's recipe is simple and perfect. I made it TWICE as she directed in the past 2 weeks. It's simple. Toss the apples in some granulated sugar, cinnamon. Place in a baking dish. Top with a streusel/oat topping. Bake for about an hour. Serve hot with a whole mess of fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

The third time I made this Man Bait was actually not for my husband. It was for my mom and sister. I switched up the ingredients a tad. Not a whole lot but just wanted to add some extra spice and sweetness along the way.

Apple Crisp
(Recipe Adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes) 


5 medium apples (I used Cortland); peeled and sliced thin
2 tbs dark brown sugar
2 tbs of maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger

1 1/3 cups flour
1 1/3 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup room temperature butter


Preheat oven to 350.

Grease a pie plate or 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with baking spray.

In a large bowl toss apples. and the rest of the filling ingredients together. Pour into prepared baking dish.

For the topping whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, and oats. Cut butter in until it is a coarse meal.

Press topping on the apples. Bake for 40 minutes. Or until bubble. Serve with ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

Are you a member of Sundays with Joy? if so go ahead and link you "Man Bait" below. If not and want to learn more about becoming a member? Click HERE for more info.

Want to read Joy's book and get her take on this recipe? Click HERE to find a copy of Joy the Baker Cookbook:  100 Simple and Comforting Recipes.



  1. Post looks great! Gorgeous photos as always. You've got me thinking I need to make myself a single lady version of least until I have a man to reel in with it!

  2. This looks delicious! I have Joy's cookbook and can't wait to try some of her recipes, they all look wonderful.

  3. Ive seen this in her book and have been tempted many times to make it, but just never have....but I love crumble/streusel topping and it looks great.

    Hair done, camera lenses, oh yes, they are FAST ways to make quick use of the disposable cash, aren't they!

  4. Yet another one I didn't make. So much to do, not enough time. Hopefully in a few weeks I'll be back in the Joy swing of things!

  5. Holy cow does look DELISH!! Apple crisp totally = FALL!!

  6. Man bait? What about Hayley bait? Because I am falling for this crisp hook, line and sinker.

  7. We went apple picking today - perfect for us and this looks perfect!

  8. Sometimes you just need an easy awesome smelling dessert to get things done...I get that!!! Apple crisp is such a perfect Fall recipe! Thanks for joining in applicious week with us:-)

  9. I love the name of this!! so fun. You're so right, just the smell alone would make this a happy house for everyone!

  10. I simply adore apple crisp. There is almost nothing better!

  11. Mmmm...I wonder if we could call this "promotion bait" apple crisp too? Maybe I'll try that. ;)

  12. Love apple crisp! Maple syrup mixed in with the apples, yummy!

  13. I love easy and my husband loves simple desserts - this would be welcomed around our house!

  14. Ha - perfect name. This sounds fantastic! :)

  15. I can't wait to make this...I might double the recipe and make it in a cast-iron skillet. It looks great! :)

  16. Love the name :) Apple crisp is on of my favorite for fall, this looks incredible!

  17. This is baking up in my oven right now! Oh the smell is killing me. My 2year old was picking the apple slices out of the pan while I made the topping, lol. Yep, it's gonna be a good one. Though I quickly learned, 5 large apples make a whole lot more than medium apples. I had to pull out my 9x13 pan.

  18. This looks amazing! We would love to invite this apple recipe and other other of your favorite apple recipes in this week's Iron Chef Mom link up contest!
    The Iron Chef Mom Team :)

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  20. I love the title. I'm a man, and you got it right, my wife in the shower and this dish would do it for me. I really love Apple Pie any way I can get it. Topped with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream is right.