September 27, 2012

Apples have long been favorites among almost all of us. From the earliest days, actually it is believed it was an apple Eve convinced Adam to eat in the Garden of Eden, they have a fruit of choice. The recipes in this article all use apples as a main ingredient. From pancakes to desserts, in a word - yummy!

This is a recipe I have used since the early 1970s so it is older than my two youngest children.

2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1 1/3 cup milk
3/4 cup grated apple

Beat the baking mix, cinnamon, egg, and milk with a rotary beater until smooth (Remember the hand held rotary beaters? Being a leftie, I hated them; they were hard to use!) Fold in the apple.

Heat a griddle or skillet to hot (grease if necessary) and pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the hot griddle. Cook until bubbles appear. Turn and cook on other side until golden brown. Serve with butter and warm maple or cider (recipe below) syrup.

This makes about 18 pancakes.

Cider Syrup:
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 cups apple cider
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup butter

In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and pumpkin pie spice until well blended. Stir in the cider and juice while stirring. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and boils for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and blend in the butter.

This apple torte is a good addition to brunch, great with coffee for visiting with friends, and many other occasions. It is not too sweet and goes perfectly topped with either a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Sprinkle either with a little ground cinnamon for a special touch.

2/3 cup sifted all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups diced apples
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the sugar and vanilla to the beaten eggs. Beat well. Add dry ingredients, apple and nuts to liquid mixture. Mix well and bake in a well-greased 8 x 12 x 4-inch baking dish for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.


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