OLD-TIME PAN DOWDY
Pare, core, and slice enough tart apples to fill bottom of a flat baking dish about 2 inches in depth. To 3 quarts of the prepared fruit and 1 cup sugar, 1 grated nutmeg, 1 cup cold water and 2 tablespoons butter. Cover with plain pie crust rolled 1 inch thick. Bake in a slow oven about 2 hours, then cover and let set where the dish will keep hot for 1 hour, without further cooking.
When done the apples will be a deep red. Remove crust carefully and invert on round platter. Cover with cooked fruit and serve with cream sweetened with maple sugar.
- Have you heard excessive brain labor causes baldness or the cure for wrinkles is a tepid bath in bran?
- Do you want to know Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Vinegar of the Four Thieves or how to make Ox Tail Soup?
- Have you ever had ‘blueberry pickles’, ‘batallia pie’ or ‘snow birds’? You will learn all this and more in “Vinegar of the Four Thieves.”
Our ancestors had to be resilient when they faced obstacles in daily life, from dealing with pests, medical emergencies, caring for clothing and cleaning shortcuts. Almost everything they used in daily life was homemade. Some ideas were great but some were very strange.
This book is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured. With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love