With the cooler weather of Fall, comes Apple Season - so we have gathered our vintage recipes that feature apples. We hope that you will find one to two recipes to place in your apple barrel!
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Apple Cobblers, Crisps, and Apple Pan Dowdy
Apple Cobblers, Crips, and Apple Pan Dowdys are very similar in nature as they have a base of apples, normally mixed with a sweet, sugary syrup - that more than likely has cinnamon in it, and topped with a flour-based streusel topping. Some of the toppings are more biscuit-like in texture, other batters have a wetter consistency, allowing for an even top. Here are some of our top cobbler and crisp recipes.
This recipe, from the Eidson collection, for Apple Pan Dowdy belongs in the "Apple Crisp Family". This recipe is made by placing apples in the bottom of a baking dish, then topping the apples with a "sugar and spice" mixture that is heated until it thickens on the stove, then topped with a "biscuit-like topping".
This is a recipe from Mrs. R. for an "Upside Down Apple Crisp" - an excellent play on words - Apple Slump. Prepare this recipe like an traditional Apple Crisp, or an Apple Pan Dowdy with a biscuit topping. Invert the baked Apple Crisp on a hot plate, dot with butter, sugar, and cinnamon and serve with the hard sauce included on the recipe card.
Similar to an apple cobbler or an apple crisp is Apple Pudding. You basically have the same ingredients, only with the pudding the apples, and the syrupy mixture is mixed with the flour/dough mixture to make a single batter that is then baked to create a pudding.
A vintage typed recipe from the Verdin Collection is for an Apple Indian Pudding. This apple pudding is made with cornmeal rather than flour. Make this pudding by pouring scalded milk over the cornmeal, add other ingredients and mix well; place mixture in a buttered casserole dish and bake in a slow oven for about 3 hours.
Also from Mrs. R, written in her nice, neat handwriting, is her recipe for an Apple Torte; Mrs. R calls this a "torte", but I have included this in the "Pudding Section" as the ingredients and methods are similar to the other pudding recipes. Mrs. R indicates that this recipe is "exquisite with vanilla ice cream":
Apple Pies and Apple Cakes
Of course, there is an assortment of recipes for Apple Pies and Apple Cakes. Some of the cake recipes are baked in a square or rectangular pan, others are baked in a tube pan or round cake pans. Here are a few of the most viewed Apple Pie and Apple Cake recipes.
A vintage handwritten recipe for a French Apple Cake from the Verdin Collection. Make this cake with eggs, Wesson oil, sugar, flour, chopped apples, nuts, vanilla, salt, and soda. Bake the cake batter in three 9-inch cake pans. Pour a boiled icing made with light brown sugar, evaporated milk, and butter or oleo over the cake layers.
From Mrs. R. is a clipped newspaper recipe for an Dutch Cinnamon Apple Cake. This cake is made in a 9x9x2 cake pan by pressing sliced apples lightly into the batter, topping with sugar and cinnamon, and baking.
Apple Breads and Muffins
Here are a few recipes for Apple Breads and Muffins.
This recipe from the Nix collection is a classic Apple Bread recipe; made with sugar, shortening, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, apples, and chopped nuts then topped with sugar and cinnamon before baking. This recipe is from Helen M. Ciaciuch.
Ok, this is not technically a "Bread", but I did not know what section to place this in, so it lands in the Bread Section. A vintage recipe card for Apple Puffed Pancake or a German Apple Pancake, a classic apple pancake made in a quiche dish, baking pan, or skillet. Apples are baked in the baking dish with butter, then the pancake batter is poured over the slightly baked apples and baked for 20 minutes longer.
So is a "Brown Betty" a bread, cobbler, or pudding? Or should it demand a recipe category of its own? I have placed this recipe in the Bread Section, because it is more of a Bread-Pudding to me. This handwritten recipe from the Verdin collection is for a Skillet Applesauce Brown Betty. This Brown Betty recipe is made with cinnamon-raisin bread cubes and served with a topping made with butter, orange zest, and confectioners' sugar.
Other Apple Recipes
When you don't have a place to file it, file it in "Other". These apple recipes do not fit in the other categories, so they find themselves here.
A clipped recipe from Crisco for Apple Sauce Cup Cakes with Creamy Icing. Make these Apple Sauce Cup Cakes with cake flour, sugar, applesauce, Crisco, salt, baking powder, egg, and grated orange rind. Frost these cupcake with a frosting made with confectioners' sugar, salt, egg, water, granulated sugar, Crisco and vanilla.
A vintage typed recipe from the Verdin Collection for Apple Dumplings made with Baking Powder Biscuits; make the biscuits with flour, salt, baking powder, shortening, and milk. In biscuit dough, place a pared, cored, and sliced apple with sugar, butter, and cinnamon; place in a pan and sprinkle with cinnamon and butter.
A handwritten recipe for Cinnamon-Apple Salad from the Birmingham collection is made by boiling peeled, cored apples in water with red cinnamon candies, place cooked apples on a bed of lettuce and fill apple core with a mixture of cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, dates, pineapple, and walnuts.