Apple Brown Betty

Apple recipes are some of my very favorite recipes to make! I love to try forever favorites and new apple recipes as well. This Apple Brown Betty recipe will be one I make time and time again.

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Here in the Midwest, apples are in season in the fall. We don’t grow our own apples, but we love to take a family trip to some local orchards and pick up some apples or pick them fresh from the trees.

The delicious flavors of fresh apple and spice blend together wonderfully in this dish. This Apple Brown Betty recipe is super easy to make and a delicious ending to any meal, a yummy snack, or even for breakfast! A sweet and tasty treat and a great use of your favorite apples!

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One great thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and most likely you have them on hand and easy to throw together. Transforming bread into a sweet and spiced dessert, this old fashioned dessert is suitable for any occasion. If you love the apple pie flavors, you’ll love Apple Brown Betty!

 


Apple Brown Betty 

Ingredients:
8 bread slices (any kind of bread will do, I used wheat bread)
4 apples (any apples will do, I prefer more of a tart apple and used Granny Smith)
1/2 cup brown sugar +1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup water
1/2 stick of butter, cut into slices
lemon juice

Directions:
Pull apart or cut the bread slices into small pieces/cubes, place in a bowl and set aside. Peel, core, and slice the apples. Dice the apples and place them in a medium mixing bowl tossed with some lemon juice. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix together so the apples are coated well. Using a greased pie baking dish or a 9×9 baking dish, layer the apple mixture and the bread pieces alternately topping off with the bread pieces. Pour the water evenly over the prepared mixture in the baking dish and sprinkle the top with the remaining brown sugar. Top off with slender slices of butter placed all around the top. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve cold or warm with a tablespoon for whipped topping for extra deliciousness!

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Favorite flavors of fall all packed in one recipe! You’ll be sure to want to give it a try!

 

Apple Puffs, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

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Add a little tartness and crunch to your ice cream dessert! These apple puffs from the Rumford Complete Cookbook are a great addition to a nice bowl of vanilla ice cream. The apple puffs have a slight crunchy outside with the inside a cake texture with bits of tender apples inside. When pairing it with ice cream, I also drizzled caramel on top to complete the taste. The apple puffs recipe is on page 97 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook!

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Here is my version of the recipe with some modifications for the puffs to take shape.

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Apple Puffs
Ingredients: 
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 apples, peeled, and chopped
1 egg
1 tsp Rumford Baking Powder
1 cup milk
Pinch of salt

Directions:
Mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium size mixing bowl. Add the sugar and chopped apples. Add the egg and milk and mix to a rather stiff batter. Drop spoonfuls of batter into a hot deep fryer and cook until the puffs are golden brown. Remove and drain puffs on a paper towel on a plate. Serve warm with ice cream.

I prepared these apple puffs and enjoyed with vanilla ice cream drizzled with my favorite caramel sauce to top it off. So delicious!!

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Blueberry Streusel Muffins

I love blueberry muffins in the morning for breakfast! Especially homemade muffins. I love sitting down with a fresh cup of my favorite vanilla chai and a muffin some mornings as the day is getting started. I am excited to share this easy recipe with you. These blueberry streusel muffins are great for a weekday grab and go breakfast. They are great for a snack and even nice enough for a dessert.

A tasty and moist muffin with bursts of blueberry goodness, topped with a yummy cinnamony streusel topping.

Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Ingredients:

2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. plain yogurt
1 c. blueberries

Streusel Topping
1 c. sugar
2/3 c. flour
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

In a medium bowl, prepare streusel topping by combining all the ingredients and mix together with a fork to get a crumbly texture. Do not over mix. Set streusel topping aside.
In a large bowl, add the butter and sugar. Beat together to a cream. Add the eggs, vanilla, milk, and plain yogurt. Beat the mix all together well. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Continue to beat the mixture together well. Stir in the blueberries. Prepare the muffin pan by greasing using a cooking spray or lining with paper muffin liners. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. Heavily sprinkle each muffin cup with the streusel topping. Bake at 350° F. for 25 minutes. When muffins are done, cool in the muffin pan for a few minutes before removing. Then cool the rest of the way on a wire rack. Recipe makes approximately 2 dozen muffins.

Top Ten Recipes of 2016

We are counting down the top ten recipes on our website in 2016! These are the top ten most visited recipes on our website throughout the year in 2016. It should be no surprise that our Old-Fashioned Biscuits (as shown on the back of the Clabber Girl Can) are at the top of our list!

  1. Old-Fashioned Biscuits (as shown on the Clabber Girl can) – This is the classic baking powder biscuit recipe that can be found on the back of the Clabber Girl Baking Powder can. You need to ensure your oven is very hot and ready to go before putting in the biscuits inside.
  2. Clabber Girl Baking Powder Hamburger Buns – Our hamburger buns are quick and easy to make – no yeast and no rising time. Now, admittedly, the dough is sticky, and things can get a little messy when you scoop it out and plop it on the baking sheet. But just keep a bowl of water handy and wet your fingers before you scoop and shape the dough to make it easier to handle.
  3. Baking Powder Biscuits – You can use this basic baking powder biscuit recipe and with a few minor changes make buttermilk, drop, cheese, sour cream or cornmeal biscuits.
  4. Good Ole Fried Chicken – This fried chicken comes out moist with a crispy crust; it’s the ideal old fashioned recipe that has withstood the test of time.
  5. Lemon Drop Cookies – These cookies are bursting with lemon flavor-you actually bake them with lemon zest and use frozen lemonade concentrate as your liquid.
  6. Orange Cake – Originally featured in our Brickyard to Backyard cookbook, this has become a favorite for the holidays when oranges are in season. The cake is light and delicate, the orange glaze is packed with flavor.
  7. Applesauce Spice Bars – There are 3 different spices in this bar, giving them so much flavor! Top them with cream cheese frosting for an extra decadent dessert.
  8. Golden Corn Bread – This corn bread only requires 8 ingredients and first appeared on the back of the Clabber Girl Baking Powder can.
  9. Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake – This recipe is another one of my favorites I have learned from my grandma! I know I have said it before with some other recipes, that I am wanting to learn some family recipes that everyone loves and that are favorites of mine. Texas Sheet Cakes are like a family tradition, you might have eaten it as a kid as well as your parents may have as well. Enjoyable every time!
  10. Irish Cream Bundt Cake – This cake is perfect for fans of Irish cream liqueur; it is an ingredient in both cake and glaze. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or a fun event where a special Irish-inspired cake is called for.

Mincemeat Bars

 

With Christmas rolling around, I get to thinking about what are my favorite treats I most look forward to and mincemeat bars are definitely one of them! Now they can surely be made any time of the year, but I think I’ve had them most around the holidays.

If you have read many of my other recipes, you know I have shared several family recipes that are my favorite that I have learned to make myself. Several of the recipes have been passed down through the generations. This is another one of them! My mom got this recipe from my grandma, where she is sure it was a family recipe that she learned as well.

So many flavors mixed together in mincemeat bars they are mouthwatering delicious!

Mincemeat Bars

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/s tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup mincemeat
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup crushed pineapple (drained)
1 1/2 cup powered sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp hot pineapple juice

Directions:
In a medium bowl mix together the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda and set aside. In a separate bowl combine the sugar and shortening and cream together. Then add the eggs, mincemeat, chopped walnuts, and crushed pineapple. Mix it together. Then combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and mix it all together. Pour mixture into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Prepare the icing by combining the powdered sugar and the hot pineapple juice together and mixed well. Pour the icing mixture over the warm mincemeat bars and spread evenly. Cook completely and serve.
How to make the mincemeat:
1 1/2 pints chopped tart apples (peeled)
1 pint chopped green tomatoes
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp each salt, all spice, ground cloves
3 cups sugar
1 pound raisins
1/4 cup vinegar
1 cup ground suet

Mix all the ingredients together in a pot and bring to a rapid boil. Then reduce heat and simmer until thickens. Pour into sterilized jars and seal. Jars will self seal.
If you like a spice cake/fruit/moist cake with light icing you will love these! They are seriously so so good!

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Once again, I am enjoying the many flavors of fall! Don’t you just love all the flavors of fall!!? Fall time is when we harvest some of my favorite vegetables! Sweet potatoes! I love them prepared so many ways! From sweet recipes to savory recipes, sweet potatoes are delicious so many ways. Definitely as a favorite with this Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potato recipe.

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This recipe with the garlic and Parmesan brings in some savory flavors to blend with the sweet potato sweetness. It’s an easy side dish packed full of flavors.

Fall is when sweet potatoes are dug in the garden. It’s always nice to use fresh produce that we have grown to prepare different recipes and enjoy!

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These Garlic and Parmesan roasted sweet potatoes are well liked in our house and are a great side dish paired with any meal. Especially in the fall season, when we mostly think of having sweet potatoes.

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients
3 medium sized sweet potatoes (peeled or skins on, cut into cubes)
1/2 of a small onion, chopped
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Black pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 400° F. Peel and cube the sweet potatoes (you can leave the skin on if you prefer). Chop the onion. Place the onion and cubed sweet potatoes in a bowl. Add the olive oil, pepper, and garlic powder to the bowl and mix coating the onion and sweet potatoes well. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, shredded Parmesan cheese, and chopped parsley. Serve warm.

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Be sure to give these Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes a try as a side dish this fall! Add them to your Thanksgiving feast!

Persimmon Pudding: An Old Fashioned Classic

Persimmon pudding is an old fashioned classic in the Midwest during the late fall and winter months. A dense, moist, sweet and almost custardy type dessert – a delicious flavor to enjoy along with all the other favorite fall flavors!

Persimmon is in season here in Indiana in the fall months. Persimmon are grown in the southern part of Indiana. There is even a Persimmon Festival in September. Persimmon pudding is a favorite old fashioned dessert for the fall and winter months.

I was introduced to persimmon pudding a few years ago! It’s actually one
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of my dad’s favorite recipes that my grandma makes this time of year. I had always heard them mention it, but had never tried it until a few years ago. I loved it too!! This is a recipe my grandma learned from her mom, I asked her if she minded if I shared it here.

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Persimmon Pudding

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup flour
2 1/2 tsp Clabber Girl baking powder
3 eggs
1 pint persimmon puree

Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix with a handheld mixer until mixed well. Pour mixture into a 9×13 baking pan and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Stick a butter knife or toothpick in the center at the end of the 50 minutes to check if the pudding is baked all the way through. Bake a little longer if it’s not. Cool to somewhat warm before serving. Top it off with cool whip before serving. Serve it in cut out squares or dolloped in a bowl.

Once cooled, the persimmon pudding can be stored at room temperature for about 8 hours. Then in the refrigerator for a day or 2. Simply reheat until warm in the microwave to enjoy more.

Persimmon pudding is a lightly spiced, with its own flavor, baked pudding that is similar to a custard with a pumpkin pie texture.

Thanksgiving is almost here and it would be paired perfectly with a big Thanksgiving feast. Add persimmon pudding to your Thanksgiving menu this year and years to come.

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Savory Potatoes: A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

Its garden season here in Indiana! Looking through the Rumford Complete Cookbook this month, I thought it would be nice to try a recipe using some sort of vegetable from the garden. We are definitely a potato eating family, so it seemed fitting to try a potato recipe. It sounded delicious and a great addition as a side to our meal.

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We are harvesting a wide variety of produce in the garden right now, potatoes being one of them. Each Spring we plant several hundred pounds of a few different varieties to grow for our farmers market booth and ourselves.

The Savory Potatoes recipe is on page 67 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook. Below is a photo of the recipe from the book.

Here is my version of the recipe with some updates:

Savory Potato Dish

Savory Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients:
6 medium sized potatoes (I used fresh new potatoes, so I used an amount about equivalent to 6 medium potatoes.
2 small onions
1 pint milk
salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:
Clean and slice the potatoes into thin slices. Chop onion into small minced size pieces. In a baking dish, create a layer of potatoes. Then sprinkle lightly with onion. Add salt and pepper for taste. Repeat layers until out of ingredients. Add milk over the potatoes to cover them. Bake at 400 degrees for an hour or until potatoes are tender.

These potatoes smelled delicious as they were baking and reminded me of walking into my grandma’s house as she was making a meal for the family. The smell of potatoes, onion, and pepper together takes me back to a smells of a homestyle meal.

This side dish was a great addition to our meal and will be enjoyed again!

Making Blackberry Galette

Blackberry GaletteHello, friends.

Let’s talk about blackberry galettes, shall we? Way back in the beginning stages of the blog, I was terrified to make a pie. I would dream of one day making a beautiful lattice pie with perfectly cooked apples or berries inside. People would gasp and I would be proud. Unfortunately, my luck with pie crust hasn’t always been great. There has always been something about pies that terrify me. Don’t ask me why. It wasn’t until a year later that I would stumble across this recipe for a thing called a “galette” that I would begin my journey to pie making nirvana.

A galette or a “crostata” if you want to be super fancy, is essentially an open faced pie. The best part about a galette is that the edges can look terrible, even horrid, and once it bakes it will look absolutely stunning. Seriously! The galette works the rustic look quite well. Just like a pie, you can use a plethora of different fruits. I’ve used cherries, grapes, and strawberries in the past. I hope to adapt recipes with peaches and one with apples. Hopefully sooner than later!

Taking that first bite into the galette is a far different experience. You have this perfect combination of warm fruit filling to buttery crust ratio. A galette is definitely my preferred way of making a pastry. In my opinion the presentation is equally as impressive and it doesn’t have to look perfect. If I have no idea what to do with fruit in my fridge, I 9 times out of 10 make a galette. It’s the perfect party good. Easy to serve and even easier to enjoy. Add a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream on top and you just can’t beat it.

Blackberry Galette

Ingredients:
For the dough:
1 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. fine sea salt
1 large egg
Heavy cream, as needed
8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
Juice & zest of one Meyer lemon
For the filling:
3 cups blackberries
½ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
Juice & zest of one Meyer lemon
3 to 4 tablespoons cornstarch
For the whipped cream:
2 to 3 Tbsp. sugar
1 c. heavy cream

Directions:

Step 1. For the dough: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Set aside. In a liquid measuring cup add the egg and lightly beat with a fork. Add enough heavy cream until the mixture reaches 1/3 cup. Whisk together to combine. Set aside.

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Step 2. Add the chilled cubes of butter to the flour mixture and begin cutting the butter into the dough using a pastry cutter or just your hands (if you’re feeling really rustic). You are looking for pea-sized morals of butter and the for the mixture to look like moist sand. Add in the lemon juice and zest. Slowly drizzle in the egg/cream mixture (up to ¼ cup) and mix to the dough begins to come into shape. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Flatten into a disc and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour. (Note: dough will last in the fridge up to 3 days.)

Galette Dough Crumbs

Step 3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. For the filling. In a medium mixing bowl combine the berries, sugar, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Stir to combine. Set aside.

Blackberry Galette Filling

Step 4. Once the dough has rested take it out of the fridge and allow to soften up a bit so it is easier to work with. Roll the dough out until it reaches 12-inches in diameter. Take the filling and place it in the center of the dough. Spread it out, leaving roughly a 1-inch perimeter around the doughs edge. Begin folding the edges of the dough over the berries. Brush pastry generously with leftover egg and cream mixture. Sprinkle remaining sugar on the crust. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes or until the crust of golden brown and the fruit is bubbly. Allow to cool before serving.

For the whipped cream. Place a metal mixing bowl and metal whisk into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. Doing this will allow the cream to stay cold and create stiff peaks quicker. Place the sugar into a mixing bowl and add the heavy cream. With a hand mixer or metal whisk, whisk just until the cream reaches stiff peaks, about 7 to 9 minutes. Add the vanilla extract in one tablespoon increments until desired taste is reached. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 hours. When ready to use, whisk for 10 to 15 seconds to reincorporate the air back into the cream.

Top 5 Father’s Day Food Ideas

When you were 3, you gave dad a family portrait. When you were 9, you gave him a necktie. Now you’re all grown up, and finding something that dad will really like is much harder to do! You can mix and match these Father’s Day food ideas and make a party dad will remember.

It’s pizza time!

Load up your pizza with toppings that your dad likes best! Our pizza dough is easy to make and easy on the wallet too. Pair it with a tossed salad and your Father’s Day dinner is done.

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Let’s grill!

If your dad is more of a barbecue type, then he is going to love our homemade cola barbecue sauce. There are many different notes in the sauce, making it hard to pin down exactly what’s in it. Don’t give away your secret though, just bring dad a second helping of our sweet and tangy baby back rib recipe.

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Spice it up!

When your family is a fan of kicking it up a notch, you need to bring the heat. Our spicy shrimp and sausage jambalaya has just the right amount of garlic and smoke flavor to balance out the spicy flavor of your favorite hot sauce. You can serve the jambalaya up with a side of our homemade corn bread for a sweet complement.

Jambalaya Spicy Father's Day

Get saucy!

This slow cooker recipe for pulled pork is so good! We’ve got honey and soy sauce flavors in our barbecue, perfect for a sweet pulled pork sandwich. Serve with a side of our melty mac and cheese and you’re all set!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Take a dip!

Our Marvelous Mex Dip refreshing on hot summer days. Dunk some Fritos® into this colorful dip with bell peppers, corn, jalapeño and green onions. You’ll be the toast of the party!

Marvelous Mex Dip

No matter which recipe you choose from our list, one thing is certain: when you make it from scratch, you can control the flavors and your family will feel the love.