Thursday, October 9, 2014



4      cups sliced apples
2      teaspoons cinnamon
1       tablespoon lemon juice
1/4    cup honey
1/4    cup margarine


1/4    cup margarine
1/2    cup whole wheat flour
1/4    cup roasted, salted sunflower seed
1/4    cup old fashioned oats
1/4    cup apple cider

Prepare topping:

Combine flour, sunflower seeds and oats in a medium size bowl.

Cut in the margarine with a fork to make a crumbly topping. TIP! (Thinly slice the margarine to make it easier to "cut" it in.)

Set aside.

Peel, core, and thinly slice apples.  

Place apples in a greased 8 x 8 - inch baking pan.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and lemon juice.

Blend honey and margarine...

heat in microwave for 20 seconds on high.

Then evenly pour over apple slices.

Crumble topping over the apples.

Pour apple cider over all.

Bake in preheated 350 - degree oven (325 degrees for glass baking dish) for 35 minutes.

I had lots of things I wanted to get done yesterday, but having to deal with a flooded laundry room was not one of them.  My husband and I were eating breakfast when I heard a sound that didn't sound good, if you know what I mean.  I had filled the washing machine a little earlier when I heard the sound of running water. I quickly headed down the stairs and hollered at my husband that we had a problem. (I think I actually said, "Houston, we have a problem!" Crazy, right?)

I quickly hit the button to turn the machine off without actually seeing what was happening. What was happening was the water was backing up in the drain.  That meant we didn't need to call a repairman for the washing machine. But after my husband wasn't able to unstop the drain with his small snake, we would need to call a plumber.  Not ever needing one here in KC, I decided to call our neighbor across the street to see if he could recommend anyone. Jerry did us one even better. He brought over a gadget he uses at their rental property to unclog drains and it worked like a charm. He wouldn't let us pay him anything so I asked if I could bake them something. (He often clears our driveway of snow with his snow blower and I thank him by baking him and his wife one of my "goodies".) He said I could bake him something,

That's how I ended up making this Apple Yum.  I actually made it twice.  The recipe, from the big fat red juicy Apple Cook Book, was a little confusing the way it was written. 

The first time I made it the way I thought it was meant to be made. The second time, I made it the way I thought it should be made. (That's the recipe I have shared with you.)

Don't get me wrong, the first one tasted really good. My husband and I loved the added taste and crunch from the sunflower seeds. (We kept it. I took Jerry and Diane the second one.) But I just didn't like the way it looked. 

The apples I used are some of the apples we picked at the Happy Apple Farm in CO when we visited our son and his family back in September. I think they were McIntosh apples. I still have a few more left to make a new dessert this weekend.


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