Today’s post is written by fellow author, Carol Heilman. She’s in the midst of a move and has taken time to share a recipe from her newly released novel. Thanks, Carol, and welcome to Historical Nibbles!
This recipe was taken from an apple cookbook I picked up at the First Baptist Church annual garage sale. I found the book in a box of shoes and handbags and such. Tattered and torn, I never would have given it a second thought, but it was resting on top of a red purse that had caught my eye. Well sir, I tucked the book underneath one arm while I purchased that purse, which was genuine leather and soft as a baby’s behind, and the saleslady said I could have the cookbook for free.
Apple nut cake became my Charlie’s favorite, and he especially liked it warm, along with a cup of strong, black coffee. I hope you enjoy it as much as he did.
2 C Sugar
1 C Vegetable oil
3 eggs, beaten
3 C Flour, plain
1 teaspoon Baking soda
½ teaspoon Salt
6 Medium apples, peeled & diced. Granny Smith works well or any tart, firm cooking apple.
1 Cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts and toast them in the oven first)
2 teaspoon natural Vanilla.
Hint: Homemade vanilla is the best. All you need is a couple of vanilla beans, vodka, and a jar with a tight lid. A mason jar will do, but you have to plan ahead. It takes about two months for the vanilla to reach its peak. And remember to shake the jar every few days.
1 C brown sugar
½ C (1 stick) Butter
¼ C milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil or spray 9×13 baking pan or dish.
- Mix sugar, oil, & eggs in large bowl. Beat well.
- Add flour, baking soda, salt. (I mixed the dry ingredients together first.) Add apples, nuts, & vanilla & beat with large wooden spoon until combined thoroughly.
- Scrape batter into pan. Bake 1 hour. (Mine took 55 minutes.)
- TO MAKE TOPPING: Boil together, brown sugar, butter & milk for 2½ minutes, right before you take cake from oven.
- When cake is done, immediately poke long tines of a fork down through cake & pour topping over cake. Serve warm or let cool.
- Freezes well
Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar, Book One
Recently widowed, Agnes Hopper’s small farmhouse burns to the ground. She, along with her pet pig, Miss Margaret, moves in with her daughter. After six months they agree they cannot possibly live together. Agnes then moves into a local retirement home, Sweetbriar Manor, but she soon realizes the administrator runs a tight ship for sinister reasons. Can Agnes find another place to call home? Or will she stay to become the voice for her new friends?
Agnes Hopper Bets On Murder, Book Two
Feisty Agnes has a spending addiction that could leave her penniless and homeless.
When she visits the cemetery to talk with her husband, Charlie, she discovers the dead body of his best friend. The local sheriff declares the man died of natural causes, but Agnes promises Charlie, she will uncover the truth. She becomes a senior sleuth while she and her friends try to save Sweetbriar Manor from being sold and turned into a halfway house.
Can Agnes curtail her spending and stop the sale while looking for a murderer?
Or will the murderer stop her first?
Carol Heilman, a coal miner’s daughter, married her high school sweetheart, a farmer’s son. She began writing family stories for newspapers and magazines. One day her mother said, “We don’t have any secrets anymore!”
Carol’s book series, Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar and Agnes Hopper Bets on Murder, was inspired by her mother’s spunky spirit and her dad’s humor.
Buy her book at Amazon