Wednesday, November 18, 2015


This recipe for Apple and Dates Dessert from Hazel R. Heatwole of Harrisonburg, VA that I found in my Mennonite Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley cookbook looked just perfect for my husband and me. If I am not sharing a recipe I made with others, I like to make ones that don't make a whole lot. This one serves 4....just right.

Well, my husband really, really liked it. He suggested I make a larger amount and serve it when we have friends over. It was good, I agree. Hazel didn't suggest serving it with ice cream, whipped topping, or milk,but we did add a little bit of ice cream that we had.

The other thing I like is it comes together without too much effort. I prepared it and had it baking while we were eating dinner. We were able to enjoy it while still warm which I would recommend.


1/4      cup flour
1-1/4     teaspoon baking powder
1/4      teaspoon salt
1          egg
3/4     cup sugar (I used 3/4 cup stevia)
1          teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2   cups diced apples
1/2      cup chopped pecans
1/2      cup chopped dates

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 1-quart casserole dish.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Beat egg until light. Gradually beat in sugar and vanilla.

Add dry ingredients. Mix well.

Fold in apples, nuts, and dates.

Pour into pan and bake for 45 minutes.

Serve warm with ice cream, whipped topping, or a little milk.


  1. Can you clarify the measurements above? Is it really just 1/4 cup flour and how much baking powder? It sounds tasty. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I am so sorry about the mistake. I left out the /. I have corrected it and rechecked the recipe to make sure I didn't make any other mistakes. Yes, it does just have 1/4 cup of flour. You can see in the pictures there is very little there holding the diced apple pieces together. I have a recipe for a Date Loaf Cake that was a favorite of my mother. It is the same way. You can't help but wonder when you mix it up if it is actually going to hold together, but it does and it tastes so delicious. I hope you will try it and like it as much as we did. Thanks for catching my error and asking me about it.