An Apple a Day…

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



While I’m not sure how accurate the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is, I’m sure it has something to do with the health benefits of eating fruit. There are scores of fruits I enjoy, but perhaps the most versatile for both cooking and recipe use is the apple. I can easily name about 8 varieties; however, it is hard to conceive that there are thousands of them today. They are used in both sweet desserts and for inclusion in other main course meals to add either a sweet or sour taste.

Think about how often the apple is mentioned in both literature and science. From the Bible with Adam and Eve, to Newton, who it is believed discovered gravity when an apple fell on his head, and to the stories of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed and his travels planting apple trees in the Ohio wilderness. How often have we seen still life paintings with a bowl of apples on the table? To name a few, these can be viewed in the works of painters Cézanne, Crivelli and Courbet.

The best use for apples is in two of my favorite recipes, one of which was introduced to me by my mother-in-law, who was a wonderful cook. I now make her recipe for a German Apfel Kuchen (Apple Cake). Applesauce is also an easy recipe to make with children.

Apples are in season now, so take advantage of the good prices and fresh produce and try these and other recipes!

Apfel Kuchen


  • 4 -5 cups baking apples, Granny Smith (or other)
  • 1 14 cups white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 1 12 tablespoons white flour
  • 12 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix 1 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, 2 tsp sugar, and salt and sift once.
  • Cut 1/2 cup butter into dry mix with a pastry blender to pea size.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg with 2 tbs milk and add to dry mix.
  • Mix thoroughly and pat dough into a greased or oiled 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Pare and core apples, then cut into thin wedge slices and place on dough in rows until covered.
  • Dot apples with 2 tbs butter and mix 3/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 tbs flour and cinnamon together.
  • Spread dry topping over dotted apples, and bake in oven for 30-45 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Serve plain or with vanilla ice cream


Homemade Applesauce



October 3, 2018 |

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