a little of each

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Apple Bars June 2, 2013

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2 cups flour

½ cup sugar

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 cup butter, softened

2 egg yolks



4 cups Golden Delicious apples, peeled and thinly sliced

¾ cup sugar

¼ cup flour

1 tsp cinnamon



To make the crust, combine all the crust ingredients in a mixer; the dough will be very soft. Divide dough in half and place one half in an ungreased 9 x 13 pan. For the filling, mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon together; add the sliced apples and mix until coated. Spread evenly on top of dough. Crumble remaining half of dough on top of apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


Apple Crumb Pie

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2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 Tbl flour

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp each: cloves, nutmeg, salt

6 cups coarsely diced, peeled tart apples

1 unbaked 10-inch pie shell

¾ cup flour

½ cup firmly-packed brown sugar

6 Tbl butter

1/3 cup chopped nuts



Combine 2/3 cup sugar, two Tbl flour, the spices and salt. Toss together with diced apples until well mixed. Spoon into pie shell. Bake in preheated 400-degree oven for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, blend ¾ cup flour with the brown sugar until well blended. Cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse meal. Stir in nuts. Take pie from oven and sprinkle with sugar-butter mixture. Return to oven and continue baking 30 to 35 minutes, or until browned and apples are tender.


Apple Brown Bette

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This was a magazine clipping in Nana Hazel’s recipe box. The age is uncertain but it’s old, as one can tell by this: “makes 8 servings at $0.25 each.”



½ cup sugar

½ cup molasses

½ cup water

2 Tbl butter, melted

2 Tbl lemon juice

¼ tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 can (1 ¼ lb) peeled, sliced apples

4 cups diced white bread (8 slices)

1 cup raisins



Combine first seven ingredients (sugar through nutmeg) in a large bowl. Beat until well blended. Add apples, bread cubes and raisins. Stir to coat well. Divide mixture evenly among eight buttered six-ounce custard cups. Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) for 35 minutes or until bubbly.



2 eggs yolks

¼ cup sugar

½ tsp flour

dash of salt

1 cup heavy cream

½ cup vanilla ice cream

½ tsp vanilla


Beat egg yolks, sugar, flour and salt until thick and lemon-colored in medium-size saucepan. Stir in cream. Cook slowly, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat; add ice cream and vanilla. Stir until ice cream melts, then cover and chill. Serve over Apple Brown Bette.



Fresh Apple Cake

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2 1/3 cups flour

2 cups sugar

2 tsp baking soda

¾ tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp each: clove and nutmeg

4 cups chopped, peeled apples

½ cup soft shortening

½ cup chopped walnuts

2 eggs

caramel frosting



Combine first six ingredients (flour through spices) in a large mixing bowl. Mix until well blended, three to four minutes. Add apples, shortening, nuts and eggs. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 pan. Bake in pre-heated 325-degree oven for 45 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Cool completely on wire rack. Frost in pan with caramel frosting.


Caramel Frosting:

½ cup butter

½ cup packed brown sugar

dash of salt

3 Tbl milk

1 ½ cups confectioners sugar, sifted

¼ tsp vanilla


Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add brown sugar and salt, stir over medium heat until sugar melts. Add milk and bring to a boil. Pour into a mixing bowl and cool for 10 minutes. Add confectioners sugar and vanilla. Beat to a spreading consistency, adding additional confectioners sugar if necessary. Spread on fresh apple cake.


Apple Cake

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From “Everyday Food.”

½ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup light brown sugar, packed

1 ¼ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 ½ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp nutmeg

1 ½ lb apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks

½ cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

2 large eggs, lightly beaten



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 baking pan; set aside in a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Add the apples, nuts, butter and eggs; stir just until combined. Spoon into pan; smooth with a spatula. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan. Dust with confectioners’ sugar to serve.


Homemade Applesauce March 29, 2013

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Using a microwave really speeds this recipe up. Having Peter peel the apples makes it effortless. Once you try this, jarred applesauce just won’t ever do.



2 Macintosh apples, cored, peeled, and sliced

2 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled, and sliced

1 cup water

½ Tbl lemon juice

½ cup sugar

½ tsp cinnamon



Mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside. Mix the peeled, sliced apples, water and lemon juice in a bowl. Add the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Microwave for five minutes. Stir. Cook for five more minutes. Continue to cook in five-minute intervals until apples are tender. Use a potato masher on the apples until they reach a desired texture.


Cranberry and Apple Relish

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From Southern Living.



2 Granny Smith apples, chopped

4 tsp. fresh lime juice

2 cups dried cranberries

2 green onions, sliced

2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

2 Tbl honey

2 tsp apple cider vinegar



Combine the apples and lime juice, tossing well, then draining off the juice. Combine the apples and the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse six to eight times until the mixture is finely chopped. Cover and chill at least one hour.


Jewish Coffee Cake

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1 cup sugar

1 cup butter

3 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups flour

3 tsp baking powder

3 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt



½ cup sugar

½ cup nuts

1 tsp cinnamon

2 large apples, cubed




Cream the butter, sugar and eggs together. Add in the sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, then mix with the wet mixture. Blend thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, mix the ingredients for the filling. Set aside. Place half on the cake batter into a greased and floured tube pan. Add half of the filling on top, followed by the remaining batter and filling in layers. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes.


Waldorf Salad March 28, 2013

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Mary Kay grew up with this side dish as a Thanksgiving staple made by her mother, Josephine. She continued the tradition by bringing it to Thanksgiving at Debbie and Ken’s in 2004. The amounts can be altered depending on personal tastes.



2 apples, cored and diced

1 cup seedless red grapes, can be sliced in half

½ cup celery, sliced thin

½ cup walnuts

¼ – ½ cup Hellmann’s mayonnaise

A little milk

1 tsp sugar



Combine the first four ingredients in a bowl. Mix the mayonnaise, a little milk to thin in and the sugar together and toss over the salad.


Spinach Salad with Apples

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¼ cup balsamic vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup pure maple syrup

1 (10 oz) bag of baby spinach

½ Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced

1-2 cups sharp cheddar chesse, grated

¼ cup pecans, chopped and toasted



Mix together the first three ingredients to create the dressing. In a salad bowl, toss spinach with the prepared dressing. Add remaining ingredients.