Clean Fridge

We came home to an apartment without power. Someone had switched it off in the laundry room upstairs. . .again. Ah, well. This way I HAD to clean out the refrigerator. I emptied and scrubbed the freezer and refrigerator, and Joel took out the bags of spoiled food Friday night. This morning we went to Cub to restock.

Apples were one thing that didn’t spoil, so I decided to look through the cookbooks for a "pudding" (sort of steamed cake). Joel is fond of tapioca, though, so I baked the following recipe instead. It is from Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book, 1951.


apples, peeled, sliced, 3 cups

Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon

Brown sugar, light, 1 cup

Lemon juice, 2 tablespoons

Water, 2 ½ cups

Granulated tapioca, 1/3 cup

Raisins, ½ cup

Nut meats, broken, ½ cup

Salt, ½ teaspoon

Grated lemon rind, 2 teaspoons

Place the apples in a greased shallow baking dish; cover and bake in a moderate oven (375* F.) About 15 minutes until partially tender.

Mix cinnamon with 3/4 cup of sugar; combine with the other ingredients. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples and mix thoroughly, taking care not to mash the apples.

Return to the oven and bake uncovered 10 minutes. Stir well again; sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar.

Return to oven and bake 5 minutes longer or until apples are tender.

Serve hot or cold with or without a sauce. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

My variations:

I forgot that I was scaling down the recipe to use just 1 apple.

Is small tapioca the same as granulated ?

Ooops! 1 teaspoon not 1 tablespoon cinnamon!


I chopped salted mixed nuts in the blender.

No lemon rind on hand, sorry.

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