Family Recipes Passed down

This recipe was passed on to me many years ago by my children’s great- grandmother who couldn’t speak English. She gave me two of her favorite apple recipes. This was conveyed without either of us understanding the language of the other.

She showed me how to make the cake, I watched. Then I had to clean up the kitchen afterwards and we sat down with a cup of coffee, a slice of this delicious cake and a photo album.

Most people don’t realize that understanding doesn’t have to be done with speech. A look, a smile an old photo that brings tears to your eyes, memories are our universal connections.

Taste, touch, smell and that look of remembrance, there was probably a time in your life where you saw that in an elderly person. It’s that faraway look that flashed from happiness to intense loneliness.

Food is one of those major triggers of happy memories.

I included both recipes; here is the first.

German Apple Cake
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3 eggs
1 Cup Salad oil
Mix together first two ingredients

2 cups or slightly less Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Add next two to mixture; mix well

2 Cups Flour
1 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking powder
teaspoon salt
Combine last five ingredients, sift together then add and mix well with previous four

4 cups peeled and slicked Apples

Stir in Apples pour into un-greased 9″x13″
Bake at 350 for 50 55 minutes until done

Apple Bread Pudding
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This is one of those recipes that’s a pinch of this and a guess of that. So if you don’t like to use a lot of eggs don’t. If you want to cut down sugar, add only what you like.

Use white bread or your favorite type before you start place the bread on the bottom of the pan do you know exactly how many slices you will need. *You will have two layers so double the amount that covers the bottom.*

Then:
Use some butter to grease a pan, 8×8 or 9×13 whichever you choose

Dip the bread in some milk use a cereal bowl A quick dip not soaked or it will fall apart and it will be hard to transfer from bowl to pan.

Use four eggs separate them, the whites you will need to beat until thick Add a 2 teaspoons of sugar, powdered or regular your choice. *Keep cool in fridge or beat just before you spread it on top of the golden brown bread. *

You don’t need to use all four egg yolks if you don’t want to.

Add a small amount of milk to egg yolks and using a tablespoon spread over the tops of the bread.

Then sprinkle with a small amount of sugar on each slice,

Then add a sprinkle of Cinnamon

Peel and slice 2 apples and spread them evenly over the milk, egg, and sugar and cinnamon bread.

If you like add a sprinkle of raisins,*soak the raisins first in some hot water, (heat it on the stove or microwave it absorbs quickly into the raisins if the water is hot. Drain the raisins, you can even pat them on a paper towel you don’t want them swimming in water.*

Dip the second layer in milk sprinkle with a little sugar. You can also brush the top layer with some of the egg yolks

Put in a 350 oven 20 -30 minutes, watch when it starts to brown take it out and cover the top with the beaten sweetened egg whites

Put backing oven, whites should brown on the peaks, don’t try to brown the entire top it won’t happen and it may burn.

So ingredients are: apples, eggs *separated, bread, milk, sugar, cinnamon, raisins, margarine or butter to grease the pan

This is a good recipe to make with the kids, just messy enough to make them happy..

Have fun when you cook:-) And never totally rely on a timer.

Reference:
1. Family Heirloom Recipes – Allrecipes.com
2. The Power of Food and the Importance of Family Recipes