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Classic Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Apple Pie finished
Prep Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 2 ½ hours plus cooling time.

Ingredients

Pie Dough:

2 ½ cups flour
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
3- 4 tbsp ice water

Filling:

5 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp butter, cubed

1 egg, beaten

Preparation Instructions

1. In the bowl of a food processor pulse to combine flour, salt and sugar. Add cubed butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1 tbsp ice water at a time, pulsing to combine. Mixture should hold together when pressed together but will still look a bit crumbly. Transfer crumbly dough to countertop. Press into two discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2. While dough is chilling make apple pie filling. In a large bowl combine apples, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and flour.
3. Preheat oven to 400F. Roll out 1 disc of pie dough into an 11-inch circle. Place in a 9-inch pie dish. Top with filling. Dot filling with cubed butter. Roll out remaining disc of dough to a 10-inch circle. Brush rim of pie dough with beaten egg. Top with dough and press edges to seal. Trim edges so there is a 1-inch overhang. Crimp edges of dough. Brush top of pie with egg.
4. Cut four or five slits in top of pie. Place pie on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake pie in bottom third of oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F and continue baking until pie is bubbling and golden, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely before serving.

Hot cross buns

Nothing says Easter like hot cross buns, especially when they’re home made. This recipe comes from Jennifer L.’s book, in North Branch , MN, although I’ve made a few tiny tweaks.

Hot cross buns

Ingredients

4-4 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 pkg active dry yeast
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Dash ground cloves
2 eggs plus 1 yolk
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
1/3 c. granulated sugar

3/4 cup currents
(1/4 cup candied orange zest and 1/4 cup candied ginger, cut into small cubes)
1 egg white
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp milk (or more if needed)

Preparation instructions

1. In a large mixing bowl combine 2 c. flour, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. In a pan heat and stir milk, butter, sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt until warm (120°-130°) and butter almost melts.
Add milk mixture to dry mixture. Add eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed 20 sec. scraping bowl. Beat on high 3 minutes. Stir in currants and orange peel and ginger (if desired), and as much remaining flour as you can.
2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place in a greased bowl, turning once. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double (about 1-1 1/2 hrs).
3. Punch dough down. Turn onto floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough into 20 portions. Shape portiions into smooth balls. Place balls 1-1/2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise till nearly double. (45-60 minutes)
4. Using a sharp knife, make a crisscross slash across top of each bun. In small bowl combine beaten egg white and 1 tbsp water. Brush mixture of egg white and water over rolls. Bake in a 375° oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. For icing, in a mixing bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk or juice. Stir in additional milk or juice, 1 tsp at a time, until icing is of drizzling consistecy. Drizzle icing into slashes atop each bun. Serve warm.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Madeleines

These buttery treats are half way between a cake and a cookie. They were made famous by the french writer Proust, who is whisked away to his childhood by the their heavenly taste. In the “madeleine incident”, as it’s known to the literati, they are remembered as being dunked in linden tea, although I think coffee would work just as well! If you can’t get your hands on a madeleine pan, the bottom of a muffin tin makes tiny little cakes that are just as good!
madeleines

Ingredients

2 eggs
10 tbsp melted butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup flour
grated zest from half a lemon
pinch of salt

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375.
Whisk the egg in a bowl. Slowly add the melted butter and whisk until blended. Add the sugar and mix for about a minute.
Add the vanilla and lemon zest. Mix.
Add the flour and pinch of salt and mix until smooth.
Bake 12-15 minutes, depending on which pan you are using.

Thank you to my friend Nancy Wigston for sharing her recipe!

Pumpkin Bread – Heritage cooks

from Tynetta G.’s book, Imperial, MO
Pumpkin loaf

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup pecans

Preparation Instructions

Mix all ingredients together and bake in a bread pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Heritage note: I tried this recipe with roasted pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips as well- delicious! I lessened the baking soda to 3/4 tsp and salt to 1/2 tsp.
Thanks Tynetta for this great recipe!

Date filled cookies

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. shortening
2/3 c. sour cream
1 tsp soda
2 1/2 c. oatmeal
3 c. flour
1 tsp vanilla

Preparation instructions

Cream together sugars, shortening, sour cream, and vanilla. Then mix in soda, oatmeal and 2 cups flour.
The other cup of flour will be used for rolling out and cutting.
Roll out dough on pastry cloth or “tupperware” sheet. Use cookie cutters of your choice.
Bake @ 350° for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned.

Date filling:
Microwave ingredients on high for 3 minutes, stir , then microwave on high for 3 more minutes. Allow to cool a bit, then spread on cookies and sandwich.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Carol’s brownies

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

2 c. sugar
1 c. butter
4 eggs
4 rounded tbsp cocoa
6 tbsp hot water
1 c. flour

Preparation instructions

Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg yolks and mix. Beat egg whites and set aside.
Mix rounded tbsp cocoa with hot water (make a thick “gravy”), add this to the above butter/sugar mixture and mix.
Blend in 1 c. flour.
Stir in beaten egg whites.
Bake in greased 9X12 pan for 30 minutes at 350°.

Frosting:
Cook (on stove top) sugar, whipping cream, milk and chocolate square. Cook to a “firm ball” stage, add butter.
Cool in ice cold water, stir until cooled and remove from water. Continue to stir until frosting holds peaks.
Frost brownies.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Spritz cookies

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 lb butter
2 c. sifted powdered sugar
2 egg yolks
3 tbsp cream
4 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp almond extract

Preparation instructions

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks one at a time, creaming well after each addition. Add cream and flavoring. Lastly add flour and mix well. Put through a cookie press on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 350° oven until done.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Strawberry shortcake

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

6 c. fresh strawberries, sliced
1/4 c. sugar
2 c. flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preparation instructions

Stir together stawberries and 1/4 c. sugar; set aside. For shortcake, thoroughly stir together flour, 2 tbsp sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the 1/2 c. butter or margarine till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine beaten egg and milk; add all at once to dry ingredients and stir just to moisten. Spread dough in a greased 8×1 1/2 -inch round baking pan, building up edges slightly. Bake in a 450° oven for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove from pan. Split into 2 layers; lift top off carefully. If desired, spread bottom layer with the softened butter or margarine. Whip cream with 2 tbsp sugar just to soft peaks. Spoon berries and whipped cream between layers and over top. Serve warm.

Blueberry Shortcake:
Prepare strawberry shortcake as above, except omit the strawberries and 1/4 c. sugar. Mash 2 c. whole blueberries; stir in 1/4 c. sugar. Stir in 2 c. whole blueberries; set aside. Spoon berry mixture and whipped cream between layers and on top.

Peach Shortcake:
Prepare strawberry shortcake as above, except omit the strawberries and 1/4 c. sugar. Stir together 4 c. peeled sliced peaches and 1/3 c. sugar; set aside. Spoon peach mixture and whipped cream between layers and over top.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Skillet-fried chicken

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 (2 1/2-3 lb) broiler-fryer chicken; cut up
1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp cooking oil or shortenting

Preparation instructions

Rinse chicken pieces; pat dry with paper toweling. In a plastic or paper bag combine flour, salt, paprika, and pepper. Add a few chicken pieces at a time; shake to coat.
In a 12 inch skillet heat oil or shortening. Add chicken, with meaty pieces toward center of skillet. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Reduce heat; cover tightly. Cook 30 min. Uncover; cook 10-15 minutes more. Chicken is done when it is easily pierced with a fork. Drain chicken pieces on paper toweling.

Crisp fried chicken:
Prepare skillet-fried chicken as above, except after the browning step, continue to cook chicken, uncovered, till chicken is tender. Turn occasionally. Drain on paper toweling before serving.

Pan-and oven fried chicken:
Prepare skillet fried chicken as above, except brown chicken pieces in a 12 inch oven-going skillet. Transfer skillet to a 375° oven for 35-45 min. or until chicken is tender. Do not turn chicken pieces during baking time. Drain.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Peanut butter cookies

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 1/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preparation instructions

Stir together flour, soda, and salt. In a mixer bowl beat butter for 30 sec. Add peanut butter and sugars; beat till fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add dry ingredients to beaten mixture; beat till well combined/ Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll in granulated sugar, if desired. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet; crisscross with the tines of the fork. Bake in a 375° oven about 10 minutes. Cool about 1 minute before removing to a wire rack.

Submitted by: Jennifer L