I 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)
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.
I 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.