I do believe that apple season is upon us. At least it is for me. Did you know that the first apple trees were planted by Pilgrims in Massachusetts Bay Colony? (There may be a quiz on this later, so now you’re prepared.)
I have been picking up apples that have fallen for a couple of weeks now, and I have a tree that is full of apples that are ready to be picked. My greatest challenge when picking apples is to get to them before my dogs (or the deer) do. I have a golden retriever and a German shepherd that absolutely love the apples. If only they would pick them and put them into the basket for me! But alas, that’s just wishful thinking on my part.
I get that some people are not into baking. Some recipes may be too detailed and can be intense. Baking (and cooking in general) has always been for me though – healing. It can cure any bad mood or day. I’m not saying I am in a bad mood, but you know when you have those days where nothing seems to be going your way? I take those days and turn to baking or cooking.
The fact that it takes time is what I love about it most. Baking makes you work for it, and I’ve always loved that. Sometimes it fills me up when nothing else can.
This year, I have been looking at apple recipes that don’t take too much time to put together and bake. I recently had a weekend to myself where I got to try out two new recipes. One is an apple pie recipe called Grandma’s Apple Pie, and no, I did not get it from my grandma, I found it online. The second recipe is for apple bars. Both are simple to make and oh so delicious.
Apple Bars Ingredients:
1⁄2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 1⁄2 cups flour, 1⁄2 tsp baking soda, 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon, 2 cups apples, finely chopped
Cream butter and sugar. Mix in rest of ingredients. Put in a 9×13 pan. Top with 1⁄2 cup brown sugar mixed with 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Grandma’s Apple Pie Ingredients:
4 cups apples, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 egg, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1⁄2 cup buttermilk, 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil, 1⁄2 tsp salt, 1 tsp vanilla
Cut up apples and mix with 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Put in a greased 9-inch pie plate. Mix rest of ingredients together and put on top of apples.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
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