img_1647I remember my grandmother, the late Clara Mae Woods of Stewart, drying apples on large screens in the fall when the apples were ripe. My dad said he thinks she was drying apples for pies – but there may have been other desserts and goodies.

While she had electricity and freezers and all of that when I was little, she didn’t necessarily grow up with those “luxuries.” She had always dried apples on screens during the late summer and fall to put away for the winter, and that’s how she continued to put up apples.

All of her grandkids thought the apples on her tree in the backyard were way too tart to eat, but I do not remember ever turning away a slice of apple pie.

The apples were ripe and began falling off the tree in the fall and I remember the large screens because we were absolutely forbidden to “mess with them.” Grandkids didn’t have a lot of rules at her house, but we did have that one!

I hate that I do not have her apple pie recipe, but this is a super simple one I have used for many years.


Apple Pie Recipe

¾ cup sugar

2 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

¾ stick of real butter

3 cups or 5 medium-sized Granny Smith apples (thinly sliced)

2 9-inch unbaked pie crusts.img_1612


I use a Pillsbury uncooked pie crust that comes pre-prepared. All you have to do is unroll the dough. Super easy! I unroll the first pie shell and place it in the bottom of the pie pan. Peel and thinly slice five apples and put them in the pie shell. Sprinkle sugar, flour and cinnamon on the apples and place pats of butter on top. Unroll the second pie shell and cover the apples and seal the edges. Use a fork to put holes in the top of the pie shell. Place the pie on a cookie sheet while cooking in case of overflow. (I rarely happens, but it happens.) Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

img_1617I love it right out of the oven, but a slice will fall apart and look more like some sort of scrambled apple dessert. Once it sets a little, it is a little prettier. And so good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! YUM!20161030_102259_resized

What’s better than eating your “apple a day” in a pie? Having it in a cake!

One of my mother-in-law’s favorite desserts is her Fresh Apple Cake. She loves it so much, she makes it every year for her birthday!

Fresh Apple Nut Cake

2 coups sugar

2 large eggs

1 cup oil

2 ½ cups of plain flour

1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts

4 cups peeled and diced apples

1 6 oz. pkg. butterscotch chips

Mix first 10 ingredients, then mix in apples. Batter will be stiff until apples are added. Bake in a greased and floured 11×13 pan at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes.

For the glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons of milk

Mix and drizzle over cake


Another Fall favorite at my mother-in-law’s house is the Apple Tortilla Dessert. This was a dessert at Aunt Margie’s house a year or two ago, and we all loved it.

Apple Tortilla Dessert

1/3 cup butter

½ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup water

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 can of Apple Pie Filling

Heat butter, sugars, water and cinnamon until sugars are melted. Butter eight tortillas. Use about 2 tablespoons of pie filling on each tortilla, sprinkle with a little cinnamon and roll them up. Place them in a 9×13 baking dish. Spoon sugar mixture over each tortilla and bake until browned. YUM!!!


Do you have delicious apple recipes you would like to share? Send them to me at gwenwoodssisson@yahoo.com.

4 thoughts on “#FRIDAYFOOD: Apples

  1. Gwen – I LOVE this post – all the recipes and then the rich history -(“drying apples on large screens”) and I also love when chefs allow us to use remade crusts. I once had someone at my house who was a little critical of our using this and we explained to this person that the high quality pre-made crusts are really good these days – so if it was quality he worried about – he should just wait and taste….

    • Thank you! Apparently my grandmother and her sisters all cooked apple pies the same way! When this posted, her nieces all had fond memories of Aunt Clara and their momma’s fried apple pies. None of them have come up with a recipe just yet. Grandmother and her sisters cooked from scratch. One of them did say she remembered them frying pies in a cast iron skillet. And on those pre-made crusts, no one ever seems to know unless I tell them! I get a lot of comments on the beautiful and tasty pie and crust! Sometimes I tell, sometimes I don’t. Everyone seems to love them and can’t tell the difference!

      • Oh so cool about the pie crusts – and same here – except for the grump who was commenting – and in his defense – his former wife was a serious baker and we think she could whip out dough and crust like I make s pot of morning coffee.
        But we use the store bought fro quiche and I am so grateful for them –
        And fried apple pie is something I would love to try sometime -hopefully a recipe will unfold! But sounds like the stories shared have some legacy buzz even without the actual recipe!

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