Friday, September 30, 2011

Apple Dessert, as in 1945

IMG_1473_2Darienne shared this simple delicious apple recipe with us while she was visiting her childhood home in New England, a couple years  ago.

Besides being with her family, she was surrounded by a unique collection of something like 469 cookbooks(!). The recipe is from the 1945 North Amherst Cookbook, created by the Ladies Social Circle of the North Congregational Church of Amherst, Mass.

The Ladies Social Circle Apple Dessert

In Darienne's words: "Apple Dessert, contributed by one Edith French, is similar to an apple cobbler but with more of a cookie-like topping, instead of a cake-like topping, as my mother puts it. Her grandmother used to prepare it from this same cookbook, and my mother made it for her family when she was growing up and then for her own children. On that week she made it for a fifth generation."

4 or 5 apples
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. butter, softened

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and slice apples. Fill pie plate with sliced apples. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Bake about 15 minutes.

Remove pie plate from oven and reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Mix remaining 1/2 cup sugar, egg, flour, baking powder, butter, and salt. Dot mixture over apples. Return to oven and bake for 35 minutes.

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