Fall Desserts


I’m sure many of you are looking for some ideas to help use up the glut of apples you are finding yourself surrounded by this time of year. Why not try a Dorset Apple Cake? This recipe is from Libbie Gilmour’s cookbook, started in the mid 1910s. It is a collection of recipes from family, friends and neighbors accumulated over a lifetime in Santa Cruz.

Dorset apple cake

  • 6 good apples
  • ¾ lb flour
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ lb butter
  • ¼ lb sugar
  • 1 tea cup warm milk
  • 1 tea spoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt

Beat the butter and sugar to a cream. Add the egg, the milk, salt and apple cut finely, lastly the flour. Mix thoroughly, but do not beat. Bake in a deep tin, well greased. Serve with brown sugar.

A note to reader: Like many of the old recipes we have found, this does not offer a baking time or temperature. We recommend 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before serving. Try it with ice cream!

And heck, while you’re at it, why not try some DIY Turkish Delight??

Turkish Delight

  • 1 ½ envelopes gelatin
  • ½ c cold water
  • 2 c sugar
  • ½ c boiling water
  • Juice 1 orange
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • Red coloring
  • ½ c chopped nuts
  • Grated rind 1 orange

Soak gelatin in cold water ten minutes. Put sugar and boiling water in pan, bring to boiling point. Add soaked gelatine and let boil 20 minutes. Add flavoring and coloring. Strain. Add nuts and turn into shallow pan first dipped in cold water to depth of one inch. Let stand until firm and cut into cubes.

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