5 cups mixed berries
1 tbsp cornstarch
¼ cup sugar
1 cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup butter, cut into small cubes
1/3 cup milk
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a 9 x 9” baking pan mix together berries, cornstarch and sugar.
3. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut butter into flour mixture and rub in using fingertips until small chunks remain. Pour in milk and mix until just combined. Dollop batter over top of fruit mixture in pan.
4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until topping is golden brown and fruit is bubbling. Serve with ice cream.
With Rosh Hashanah coming up, I turned to our friend Norene Gilletz from Gourmania.com for a great holiday recipe. She suggested her Apple Honey cake from “The NEW Food Processor Bible” (whitecap books). You won’t be disappointed by this recipe – it’s a moist and delicious treat that’s perfect any time!
3 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
2 medium apples, peeled and cut in chunks
3 eggs plus 2 egg whites (or 4 eggs)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup liquid honey
3/4 cup cold tea
1/4 cup brandy
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Steel Blade: Process flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger for 10 seconds, until blended. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Process apples until finely minced, 8 to 10 seconds. Measure 1 cup firmly packed and set aside.
Process eggs and egg whites, sugar, oil and honey for 2 to 3 minutes, until light. Do not insert pusher in feed tube. Add dry ingredients to batter alternately with tea and brandy. Process with quick on/off pulses, just until blended. Do not over-process. Add apples and process with quick on/off pulses, just until mixed.
Pour batter into sprayed 12-cup fluted tube pan (Bundt pan). Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, until cake tests done. A wooden skewer inserted into the center should come out dry. If necessary, cover top of cake with foil to prevent over-browning. Let cake cool in pan for 20 minutes. Carefully loosen with a flexible spatula; invert cake onto a serving plate.
Yield: 15 servings. Freezes well.
Note: If you don’t have a large processor, add beaten egg mixture to dry ingredients in mixing bowl alternately with tea and brandy. Mix with a wooden spoon until blended, about 45 seconds. Stir in apples.
Additional Comments: If you don’t have brandy on hand, you can substitute Grand Marnier, orange juice or peach brandy. Apple juice can replace half of the tea for a delicious taste.
Here’s a perfect fall desert, suitable for a simple family meal, or a festive holiday feast. It comes from our friends over at Olivetoeat.com, a great place for real recipes, and resources in Southern Ontario.
5 cups cored, peeled, and very thinly sliced apples (about 6 to 8 apples, ask your farmer which available apples are best for apple crisp)
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
Dash of grated nutmeg
½ cup packed light brown sugar
¾ cup all-purpose flour (measured by spooning in, then leveling off with a knife)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (preferably Vietnamese cinnamon)
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
Place oven rack in middle of oven; preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, toss the apples with ¾ cup brown sugar and dash of nutmeg until evenly coated. Pour filling into a 9” square baking dish and level gently with a spatula.
Add all topping ingredients (except butter) to a medium bowl; stir to combine evenly. Add butter to bowl; blend with your fingertips or a pastry blender to break down the butter into the flour until the mixture becomes crumbly, resembling coarse breadcrumbs without any large chunks of butter. Sprinkle topping mixture evenly over apples.
Bake until apples are tender and topping is browned, about 35 minutes. Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Spoon into pretty cups and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or cold with whipped cream.
I have my Mom’s handwritten copy of this recipe. She called it Apple Crisp – Dad’s Favourite and included a little story about the recipe’s origin – it was submitted to St. Andrews United Church in Chatham, by the mother of my aunt’s boyfriend in grade 4 in 1942.
This is an easy – and I think more delicious – way to enjoy warm apple pie without the fuss of the crust. It is packed with tart apples and brown sugar and has a crumbly, cinnamon-scented streusel topping. The butter, spices, apple juices, and brown sugar meld together in a delicious mélange that caramelizes around the edges. It smells so wonderful cooking. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream – or perhaps Belly Ice Cream’s Caramel and Sea Salt ice cream.
This recipe comes from our friends over at Olivetoeat.com. It’s a great place to find tried and true recipes, and with Thanksgiving fast approaching, this one just makes sense to share!!
4 cups dry bread cubes – “stuffing croutons” that grocery stores bring in for the holidays
3 tablespoons (or more) finely chopped yellow onion
1 teaspoon (or more) salt
¼ teaspoon (or more) freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon (or more) poultry seasoning
¼ teaspoon (or more) ground sage
1/3 cup (or more) melted butter
Hot chicken broth or water, just enough to moisten the bread
Combine bread, onion, and seasonings in a large bowl; add butter and toss. Slowly add hot broth, bit by bit, until bread is just moistened. Taste and if necessary, add more onion, broth, butter, or seasonings, until seasoned to your taste. Toss gently to mix thoroughly.
Place stuffing mixture in an ovenproof casserole; cover and chill until ready to bake.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring stuffing casserole to room temperature before placing in preheated oven. Bake, covered, until hot throughout and flavours have melded together – about 30 to 45 minutes. Serve warm.
This recipe is from my Mom’s Better Homes & Gardens cookbook that she received as a wedding gift back in 1954. She made it every Thanksgiving and Christmas. The key to this simple, classic stuffing is to season it to your taste – but make sure you use lots of butter and sage. We always add more of each ingredient than the recipe calls for but never measure – so start out with the recipe, then slowly add more, tasting as you go along, until it tastes just right.
Since the recipe only serves 4 to 6 people, you will likely need to multiply the recipe for a larger feast. If you are stuffing your turkey, calculate 1 cup of stuffing for 1 pound of uncooked turkey; don’t stuff your turkey until you are ready to put it in the oven; promptly remove any leftover stuffing from the cooked carcass and store separately in the refrigerator. I have heard a lot of talk lately about cooking your turkey unstuffed and cooking the stuffing in a separate baking dish. By the time you get the stuffing in the turkey’s cavity heated to a safe internal temperature of 165°F, you dry out the poor bird. Makes sense to me, so my recipe instructs you to cook it in a separate casserole while the turkey rests.
from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN
3 c. flour, sifted
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 c. shortening (1/2 butter)
1 c. Corn Flakes, crushed
2 eggs, separated
7 to 8 apples
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 c. sugar
Sift together flour, salt and 2 tsp sugar; cut i shortening as for pie crust. Beat egg yolks and add enough milk to the yolks to measure 2/3 c. liquid. Add liquid to pastry mix and combine until dry ingredients are well-moistened. Divide dough in half and roll one portion to fit the bottom of a 10×13 pan. Place crust in pan, cover with crushed cornflakes and spread apples evenly over top. Sprinkle with nutmeg, cinnamon and 1 1/4 cups sugar. Dot with butter. Cover with second crust and seal edges. Beat the egg whites until frothy and spread evenly over crust. Bake in preheated oven at 400° for 45 minutes.
Combine powdered sugar with vanilla and enough water for easy spreading consisitency. Drizzle frostig over top while warm. Cut into squares.
Submitted by: Jennifer L
from Mandy D.’s book, Colton, SD
1/2 c. butter or margarine
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of salt
4 c. raw apples, diced
1/2 c. walnuts
1 scant c. brown sugar (do not pack down)
1/4 c. soft butter
2 T. flour
Mix together and put into a greased 9 X 13-inch pan. Combine topping ingredients and put on top of batter. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
Submitted by: Joyce K
from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN
6 large baking apples
3/4 c raisins or snipped pitted dates
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. water
Core Apples; peel off a strip around the top of each. Place apples in a 10x6x2 inch baking dish. Fill apples with raisins or dates. I a sauce pan combine brown sugar, water, butter or margarine, cinnamon, and nutmeg; bring to a boiling; Pour hot sugar mixture around apples. Bake, uncovered, i a 350° oven about 1 hour or till apples are tender. Basting occasionally with the sugar mixture. Serve warm with light cream or ice cream.
Submitted by: Jennifer L