First of all, thank you for all the kind words about my sister. I’m grateful for every kindness at a time like this.
Second, I plan to cook up a little treat for my family so we can have a little something while we open gifts on Christmas morning. Since my original copy of the recipe is not holding up all that well, I thought I’d post a(n altered) version of it here both for posterity and to share with all of you.
The original recipe called it an “Apple and Spice Dessert” but it’s really more of an apple cobbler with an especially tasty batter. Here it is:
Christmas Apple Cobbler
- 1 1/2 lbs apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- zest of one lemon
- juice of one lemon
- 1 1/4 cups AP flour
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- Whipped cream for serving.
Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 9×9 baking pan. (8×8 should work, too, but check that cooking time)
Mix the apple, cinnamon and lemon zest and juice, then spread it in the pan
Sift the next five ingredients into a medium-sized bowl
In a larger bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and molasses. Beat until smooth
Dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water. Alternately add flour and hot water to the butter mixture, beating each to incorporate. Then pour resulting batter over the apples and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool somewhat.
Cut into squares and serve topped with whipped cream.
The original recipe had less apple, more sugar, less lemon, and less spice. It also called for margarine instead of butter, which no. Adjust it however you see fit. This is a big favorite around here, especially with my wife. I hope you give it a try and enjoy it yourselves.
Third and last, every year I post a link to my favorite version of A Christmas Carol, which is the 1971 animated version directed by the brilliant Richard Williams. The animation is amazing, dark, and genuinely scary. This version really earns its ending, scaring the shit out of Scrooge and little-kid me, turning him to good and me into a weird obsessive who searches out this show every year.
The good news is that you can watch a legit copy of it through the service Hoopla, which I can access through my public library. If you can’t do that for whatever reason, it’s still available on YouTube.
Either way, it’s the best and scariest Marley ever. Check it out.
Whatever you celebrate, I hope this holiday season has been gentle with you and that things get better in the new year.