Thursday, July 25, 2013

Apple Dessert!

A couple of nights ago I tried this dessert, and it was a hit. It was easy to prepare – I mixed the dry ingredients together in the afternoon, then combined everything and put it in the oven while we were having dinner. It was warm, sweet and spicy, and tasted great with whipped topping sprinkled with cinnamon.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 cups apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place an 8- or 9-inch cast iron skillet in oven to heat. Whisk together dry ingredients; set aside.

Beat together eggs, vanilla extract and 1/2 cup melted butter. Toss apples and pecans in flour mixture, then stir into egg mixture until combined.

Add remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter to hot skillet, swirling to coat pan. Pour batter into hot pan and place in oven. Bake until sides are dry and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool in skillet 20 minutes before removing and slicing.

(Recipe from allrecipes magazine, August 2013 issue, and at )

Notes: I used walnuts instead of pecans, and combined a Granny Smith and a Gala apple.

Give this one a try – it’s a keeper!

It’s National Chili Day. Chili doesn’t seem to fit into our menu plans because it’s hot and humid these days, but maybe we can do it once. How about over spaghetti with cheese? Or topping a baked potato? Maybe chili cheese fries? Are we hungry yet?

It’s also my grandson’s birthday – Happy Birthday, Nate!

It was a gorgeous, cooler morning for my walk in the cemetery, and I went just over 3 miles. The cloudless blue sky was lit by bright sunlight, but the pale moon still hung in the southwest sky. The dewy grass was a lovely green blanket accented by bunches of bright flowers at gravesides. Rabbits, squirrels and birds of all kinds were out having their morning feast, and the quiet was only broken by the roar of airplanes flying overhead. What a way to start the day!

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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