Apple Crisp

OK, I confess that I make this recipe more for the “crisp” than for the apples! So I tend to put a lot of the oatmeal-butter-sugar topping on the fruit, thinking the oatmeal—as a whole grain—and the fresh fruit qualify this as health food. You decide.

1 C. quick or old-fashioned oats
1 C. packed brown sugar
½ C. all-purpose flour
1 T. cinnamon
½ C. butter or margarine
3 or 4 large apples

Preheat oven to 350º. Combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon and then cut in the butter until well blended. Set aside. Peel, core and slice the apples to make 5-6 cups and put them in a greased/sprayed 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle the oatmeal topping over the fruit, then dig down into the fruit with a spoon to mix in some of the topping. Bake about 40-45 minutes or until fruit is bubbly. Enjoy warm with cream or ice cream. Serves 4-6.

Kitchen Hint: This is also yummy using the same amount of peaches or rhubarb!

Cornmeal Rolls

If you enjoy cornbread and also like soft, satisfying dinner rolls, this recipe’s a tasty combination of the two. Makes a wonderful accompaniment to just about any meal!

2-1/4 C. warm water, divided
1/3 C. yellow cornmeal
¼ C. sugar
3 T. oil
2 tsp. salt
2 pkgs. ( 2 T.) dry yeast
2 eggs
5 to 5-1/2 C. all-purpose flour
Melted butter or margarine
Additional cornmeal

In a saucepan, combine 1-3/4 C. water, cornmeal, sugar, oil, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture boils, about 7-9 minutes. Set aside to cool for about 5 minutes, and then place in a large mixing bowl. Meanwhile, dissolve the yeast in remaining water. Add to cornmeal mixture with eggs and mix well. Add enough flour to make soft, pliable dough, then knead about 5 minutes on a floured surface. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double, about 45 minutes. Punch dough down and shape into 24 balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet with sides, or use a greased 9×13” pan. Brush rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with cornmeal. Let rise, uncovered, until double—about 30 minutes. Bake at 375º for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan immediately. Makes 2 dozen.

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