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National Teachers Day – it’s all about apples for the teacher

May 3, 2011

This post is dedicated to my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Holly who always had a tin of cookies on her desk which she sparingly shared during the year.   She was one of the strictest, most hard-nosed teacher’s I ever had but she had a love of teaching, and as it turned out, a heart of gold.  It was Mrs. Holly who finally drummed into my hard-head the differences between there, their and they’re in an after-school session that lasted a half hour, or so.  So this is for you Mrs. Holly, truly an extraordinary teacher.  If you are looking down on me, Mrs. Holly, Thank You.  As you can see I turned out alright, after all.

This post includes three (3) apple inspired recipes, to honor Mrs. Holly. I hope you try these and add them to your favorites.

**** IT’S ALL ABOUT APPLES FOR OUR TEACHERS  ****

#1: APPLE BARS

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup applies – peeled, cored & finely diced
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and four an 8X8 inch oven proof pan.
  2. In a small sauce pan, melt butter over low heat (can substitute margarine)
  3. Place all dry ingredients into mixing bowl and whisk to combine, add egg, nuts and apples and melted butter and mix batter well.
  4. Pour batter into cold oven proof pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown and center is set.

Yields: 16 servings

#2: APPLE BROWNIES


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 medium apples – peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9X9 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the melted butter, sugar, and egg until fluffy.
  3. Fold in the apples and walnuts.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  5. Stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture until just blended together.  Don’t over mix.
  6. Spread batter evenly in the 9X9 baking dish
  7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until set.

Yields: 12 servings

#3: APPLE HERMITS (with icing)



Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped apples
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix into beaten butter add  sugar and egg.  Beat just enough to incorporate.
  5. Add dry ingredients to beaten butter, sugar and egg.  Mix to incorporate, don’t over mix.
  6. Fold in apples, nuts and raisins.
  7. Drop by rounded teaspoons full onto the lined cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.  Remove pan and immediately transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.

Icing directions:

  1. In a small bowl mix confectioners’ sugar with milk to make a thin glaze.
  2. Drizzle over cooled cookies.

Yield: 60 cookies

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