Fast Cooking Recipes For Family
It was also baking day. He loved seeing his mother bent over the enormous kitchen table, elbow-deep in dough, moving to the measured rhythm of making bread…Before, in times of plenty, she had put aside a bit of dough, added milk, eggs, and cinnamon, and made buns that were stored in a tin-one for each child for each day of the week. ~Isabel allende, Eva Luna, 1988
Of all the foods that spur memories of childhood for me, few are as instantly memorable as old-fashioned classic desserts. Apple pies were an all time classic in our household.
I read somewhere as I was researching in one of my books, the author describes that a friend was telling her a story of how she had watched her grandmother prepare a favorite fruitcake many times and wanted to try making it herself. When it came to add the flour, she put in a cupful, just as her grandmother told her to do. When she tried to re-create the recipe, the cake was a failure. When she asked her grandmother why, the older woman opened her cupboard and pulled out an old cracked tea cup. “A cupful, yes-but it has to be this cup!” How many times has this scenario happened to all of us in the kitchen?
Think of a recipe as a trusted guide, it can tell you only so much. If your trying out a new dessert recipe, trust your instincts. If it doesn’t turn out exactly like it says, don’t worry, your oven may be off; temperature may need a slight adjustment. Your apples may be larger, smaller, tarter or drier. Trust your instincts. Experiment with a different fruit, another spice, a different crust, a different topping.
Cooking, after all, should be a great adventure. Recipes are only a guiding tool. One recipe is created and another one is created using a personal touch.
The following dessert recipe has been created over and over again. This dessert is very yummy and a perfect treat for the family or your guests. It is also a very economical dessert and won’t cause a pinch in your budget.
Classic Apple Pecan Crisp
5-6 Granny Smith Apples (can substitute with your choice of apple)
1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
1-2 Tablespoons sugar (adjust sugar depending on sweetness of apples)
1 Tablesppon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or your choice of nuts)
Vanilla ice cream or whipped topping
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel, core and slice apples. Place apples in bottom of baking dish.
2. In a bowl, combine cake mix, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and butter. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples. Chop pecans and sprinkle over the top of mixture.
3. Bake 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping if desired.
Yield: 10 servings
This is a very versatile dessert. Apples may be substituted for blueberries, cherries, pears or peaches. *Pictures show pecans omitted from ingredients.