Sunday, December 2, 2012

Third Grade Apple Recipes

Earlier this year, my mother was organizing and cleaning her home when she came across an apple-shaped cookbook filled with apple recipes. I’d given it to her when I was in elementary school. The book was compiled by the students of Mrs. Cerioni’s third grade class at Oakhurst Elementary in Oakhurst, California. (I think it was 1985, or there about). The recipes obtained from our parents were copied down in our own handwriting. I’ve typed them out UNEDITED as they were written. I left punctuation and spelling as it appeared in the book, making for some cute and precious writing. They are listed in alphabetical order by the student’s last name. Words in italics are my own comments. Despite the spelling flaws and sometimes confusing directions, all the recipes sound yummy and fun. I hope you enjoy them!

Debby Anne Adams
Applesauce Fruit Bread
2 cups golden raisins
1½ cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp. ground cloves, cinnamon, allspice + salt
1 cup hazelnuts or walnuts
1 tsp. baking powder
4 tbs melted butter
1 cup cool thick applesauce
toss raisins in flour add the sugars, seasoning, nuts and baking powder. Beat the butter into the thick applesauce, pour into other ingredients. butter and flour and place waxpaper on bottom of pan Bake at 300 1 ½ hours
(In the years following third grade, Debby became a grammar QUEEN despite these humble beginnings with punctuation - LOL)

Sarah Belle Andrews (Sarah’s recipe was the only one with no mistakes – way to go, Sarah! A+)
Apple Crisp
                        4 cups sliced pared tart apples (about 4 medium)
                        2/3 to 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
                        1/2 cup flour
                        1/2 cup oats
                        3/4 tsp cinnamon
                        1/3 cup butter (softened)
Heat oven to 375. Grease square pan, 8x8x2”. Place apple slices in pan. Mix remaining ingredients thoroughly. Sprinkle over apples. Bake 30 minutes or until apples are tender & topping is golden brown. Serve warm & with ice cream.

Christine Bonnel (I love the “short and sweet” approach – my kind of recipe *smile*)
Fresh Apple Cake
                        1/2 cup oil, 2 eggs
                        2 cups sugar, 2 tsp vanilla
Mix and add
                        2 cups flour, 1 tsp salt,
                        1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp cinnamon
Mix well fold in 4 cups of unpealed apples and 1½ cups of chopped walnuts. Spread evenly in greased 9x13”pan bake in 350 oven for 45 minutes or until done.

Jamie Lynn Burtle
Apple Pizza (Pizza of ANY kind is a good thing – great idea, Jamie!)
                        apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Double pie crust
                        1/2 cup sugar
                        1 teaspoon cinnamon
                        1/2 teasoon (teaspoon) nutmeg
(Crumb to go on top)
                        1/2 cup margaine (margarine)
                        1/2 cup sugar
                        3/4 cups flour
            mix it and crumbly topping, sprinkle over pizza cook at 450 for 30 min.

Rori Cerioni (it wasn’t until I went to Italy that I REALLY learned how to pronounce Cerioni)
            Fruit Torte
                        1 16 crushed vanilla wafers (probably means 16 crushed wafers makes 1 cup *grin*)
                        2c powdered sugar
                        1c butter or margarine
                        4 eggs separated
                        Desired Fruit
                        Small carton of whipping cream or cool whip
Line 9x13 inch pan with ½ the crumbs. In bowl beat together until fluffy, powdered sugar and butter add beaten egg yolks. Beat egg whites until stiff, add to sugar and butter mixture. Spread this over crumbs. Next add a layer of fruit, any fruit is good if using canned or frozen drain well, sugar if unsweetened. Top this layer with either whipping cream or cool whip cover with remaining crumbs and chill several hours.
(not bad for being in her mom’s class – love ya Rori! )

Joshua R. Ellis (sweet little Josh switched his fraction numbers throughout the recipe - 2\1 should be 1/2, but it’s the thought that counts *smile*)
            Apple-Orange Brownies
                        6 Table spoons butter
                        1 cup brown sugar
                        2\1 cup applesauce
                        1 teaspoon shredded orange peel
                        1 beaten egg
                        1 teaspoon vanilla
                        4\1 cup flour
                        1 teaspoon baking powder
                        2\1 teaspoon salt
                        4\1 teaspoon soda
                        2\1 cup chopped walnuts
cook till butter melted – brown sugar, applesauce, orange peel, egg + vanilla. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt soda. Stir into sauce pan. Stir in walnuts. Spread in greased 15x 10x inch pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. While warm top with orange glaze: combine
1 2\1 cup sugar
2\1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoon orange Juice
Ty Fletcher
            Apple Chip Coffee Cake
                        *2 tbsp sugar    *1 egg
                        *2 c bisquick    *3/4 c milk
                        1/2 c brown sugar         *1 c chopped pared apples
                        1/2 c chopped Brazil nuts
                        2 tbsp vegetable oil
                        1 tbsp bisquick
                        1/2 tsp cinnamon
Heat oven to 400. blend ingredients marked with * spread batter in greased 9” pan sprinkle with mixture of 1/2 c brown sugar packed, 2 tbsp bisquick 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 1/2 c cinnamon (I’m sure he meant 1/2 teaspoon, not cup that would be a TON of cinnamon – LOL) Bake 20 to 25 min. 8 servings.

Ruby Hammond
            Apple oat meal cookies (love it – oat meal, instead of oatmeal – so cute)
                        1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar
                        1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 egg
                        1 cup oats, 1 cup flour
                        2 cup, shreaded apples (2 med Apples)
                        1/2 cup raisins, 1 teaspoon cinnamon
                        1/2 teaspoon cloves, 1/2 cup nuts (chopped fine If desired)
Mix together well, drop by wet spoon on ungreased Cookie sheet bake at 375 or until brown

Matthew James Hashim
            Apple-Celery-Peanut Salad
                        4 apples, cored & diced (preferably red skinned)
                        6 medium stalks celery, thinly sliced crosswise.
                        4 1.2 oz. packages of salted peanuts.
(not sure what the 1.2 means, but I'm guessing 1/2)
                        2-3 tablespoons lemon juice mayonnaise.
(He meant lemon juice and mayo as separate ingredients, unless, of course, there’s a lemon juice mayonnaise I'm unaware of)
Toss diced apples with lemon juice. Add celery and peanuts. Stir in enough mayonnaise to make salad moist (but not sloppy) (“sloppy,” that made me laugh)

Chas Milo Huston
            Apple Pie
                        Basic Pastry dough for 9-inch two-crust pie
Preheat oven to 425. Line 9” pie pan with half pastry dough. Mix 3/4-1 c sugar, 1/2 tsp salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg and 1½ T flour in a large bowl. Peel, core, and slice 6 firm tart apples and toss them in the sugar mixture coating them well Pile them in to the lined pan and dot with the Butter Roll out the top cut and drape it over the pie crimp the edges and cut vents in the top. (WOW, that’s detailed! Great directions, Chas!) Bake 10 minutes them lower heat to 350 Bake 30-40 minutes more.

Julie Anne James
            Apple Cake
1½ c mashed cooked applis (cute spelling of apples). While still hot add: 1 cube (1/2 c) margarine or butter, 1c. sugar, 1tsp cinnamon, 1/2tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp cloves. 1/8tsp ginger Cool & add :2 c flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda & 2 eggs (slightly beaten) mix, then add: 1c nuts 1c. raisins or dates (optional) bake at 350 for 45 or 50 min in 9” sq. greased & floured pan. Frost with favorite icing.

Ricky Johnson (Ricky put periods at the end of every ingredient. What an efficient boy!)
            Danish Apple Pudding
                        1/2 cup graham Cracker crumbs.
1/3 cups of butter.
                        2 cups apple sauce.
                        1/4 tsp salt.
                        1 tbsp lemon Juice.
                        1/2 tsp cinnamon.
                        1 cup whipping cream.
saute (Wow, he used a sophisticated word! I didn't know the word sauté until about high school) gently until evenly browned. Blend the graham Crackers and butter lined greased 8inch square pan, With half crumb mixture and mix apple sauce salt lemon juice and cinnamon. Pour half of this mixture over crumbs and remaining applesauce. Top with sweetened whipped cream and cill (chill). Serves about 6

Jason Jon Kissee
            Apple Pie Crisp
                        4c. Sliced pared tart apples
1/4c. orange juice
                        1c. sugar
                        3/4 c. sifted all-purpose flour.
                        1/2 tsp cinnamon
                        1/4 tsp nutmeg.
Dash salt
Place apple in buttered 9”. Pie plate, sprinkle with orange Juice combine in butter till mixture is crumbly (I think he skipped the part about mixing the sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg before working in the butter – but we’ll forgive him *smile*) sprinkle over apples. Bake at 375 for 45, minutes or till apples are tender and topping is crisp. serve warm with cream. Makes 6, serving.

Megan Marquardt (Okay, the spelling throughout this recipe is just TOO DANG CUTE! Loved it, Megan!)
            Apple Crisp
                        1/2 cup quick cooking rololed (rolled oats)
                        1/2 cup packed brown sugar
                        1/4 cup all puipose (purpose) flour
                        1/2 teaspoon giound cinnamom (ground cinnamon)
                        Dash salt
                        1/4 cup of butter
                        6 mediuwn (medium) apples
In mixing bowl conbine (combine) four (flour) cinnamon and salt Mix in bown (bowl) till mixtuwu (mixture) is crumbly. Set uside (aside) peel and core apples then slice apples into bottom of baking dish. Sprnkle (Sprinkle) the flowr (flour) mixture over the top. Bake at 350 for about 40 min. or until apples tests done with fork. Serve with whipped cream. Makes 6 servings

Tammi Martinez (Tammi used semi-colons in this one – what an advanced little kid!)
            Baked apples
Core 6 large baking apples ; pared cut off top of each. Place in 10X6x 1½ inch baking dish. Fill apples with 3/4 cup raisins of chopped dates. Combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg ; bring to boil. Pour hot syrup around apples. Bake uncovered at 350 about 60 minuets, basting occasianally. (Yes, Tammi misspelled “occasionally” only getting one letter wrong, but I always slaughtered that word.) Serve with cream Serves 6.
Kelly Minkler (Kelly used more periods in his ingredient list than in his directions – NICE)
            Apple Crisp
                        1C. rolled oats
                        1 C. brown sugar packed
                        8T. floar (cute spelling)
                        1/2tsp. nutmeg.
                        Dash of salt
                        8T. butter (1 cube)
                        6C. sliced peeled apples
Mix together first six ingredients. Cut in soft britter (butter) Set aside Put 1/4 of oat mixture on bottom of buttered 8x8 pan. Place apple slices over oat mixture sprinkle remaining oat mixture over apple slices Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Can serve warm with ice cream

catherine murphy (in the book, sweet Catherine didn't capitalize her name, so I didn't either – hey, maybe she likes it that way)
            Apple Sauce
                        4 medium cooking apples
                        1 cup water
                        1/2 cup brown sugar
                        1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
                        1/8 Teaspoon nutmeg
Heat apples and water over medium heat boiling. Reduce heat, simmer stirring. occasionally 5 to 10 minutes or until tender stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, heat to boiling. makes about 4 cups

Farrah Powell (I love the“what you need” and “what you do” directions - so sweet and informative)
            Saucy Spicy Apple Sauce
            what you need
                        two 8 ounce jars of apple sauce
                        1/4 cup orange juice
                        1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
            what you do
put applesauce into large bolb (bowl) Add orange juice and cinnamon mix well sprinkle with nutmeg clean up (she’s the only one who mentioned cleaning up – LOL) chill and serve in small dishes to your buddies. Makes enough for your friends. (so amiable -  I love it!)

Elsie Rees (Oh boy, here’s mine . . . I had issues with capitalization, spelling AND commas *tsk tsk*)
            apple Dessert
                        four cups sliced apples
                        1 cup orange juice
                        3/4 cup flour
                        1/3 tsp. cinnamon
                        1/2 cup butter or margarine
slice apples in small pan add orange juice, mix dry ingredients and cut up butter until mixture is crumbly. Then scatter over apples. Bake 350 for 45 mixtire. (yep, that's right, I seriously misspelled minutes) Serve warm. Serves six.

Matthew David Sebastian (I love Matt’s directions – brief and to the point – LOL)
            Apple Pie
                        2 cups of flowr (my little girl spells it this way too – way cute)
                        1½ t. salt
                        1/2 cup of oil
                        5 t. of water
            Mix together into ball. Split in half. Roll out into circle. Put in pan.
                        10 cup of apples sliced
                        1 cup of suger
                        3 t. of corn starch
                        4 t. of cinnamon
                        2 t. of nutmeg
                        3 t. lemon juice
                        3 t. butter
            Put apples in pie Cook at 400 for 45 minutes

Nancy Shockley (There weren't many mistakes in Nancy’s recipe – Way to go! High five!)
            Apple Walnut cobbler
1/2 cup sugar
                        1/2 tsp cinnamon
                        3/4 cup coarse chopped walnuts
                        4 cups sliced apple
                        1/4 cup water
                        1 cup sifted flour
                        1 cup sugar
                        1 tsp baking powder
                        1/4 tsp salt
                        1 well beaten egg
                        1/2 cup evaporated milk
                        1/2 cup butter or margarine (melted)
Place apple in battom (bottom) of greased 8” or 9” baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar cinnamon and 1/2 cup walnuts. Sprinkle over apple. Mix dry ingredients. Combine egg, milk & butter, add dry ingredients all at once and mix until smooth. Pour over apples, sprinkle with remaining walnuts Bake at 325 about 50 minutes. Servewith (Serve with) cinnamon topped with whipped cream.

Harmony Esta Stern (This one was great! Short but instructive – WAY CUTE!)
            Dried Apple Slices
Peeland (Peel and) wash apples. Slice into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place on small screen in direct sunlight. Ready in one day (summer). Takes longer in colder weather (LOL – I love it!). May be dried in oven (low heat). When dry, place in zip lock bags.

Sarah Marie Thacker
            Apple Muffins
            Blend: 1/4 cup soft shorting (LOL – I like “shorting”) 1/2 cup sugar then add: 1½ cups flour, 3 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon grated raw unpared apples. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin tins. Bake at 400 for 20-25 min. yields about 12 medium sized muffins.

Skye Whitfield (Skye’s recipe took up 4 or 5 pages in the little book,  and they were in the wrong order. It took me a while to straighten them out)
            Apple-Filled oatmeal cookies
                        1 cup all-purpose flour
                        1 teaspoon baking poader (powder)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup butter of margarine
                        1/2 cup packed brown sugar
                        1 egg
                        1/4 cup milk
                        3/4 cup quick-cooking rolled (oats?)
Grease cookie sheet. Prepare filling. Combine flour, baking powder, spices and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Beat butter for 30 seconds; add brown sugor (sugar) and beat till fluffy. Add eggs; beat well. Add dry ingredients and milk alternately, beating after each addition. Stir in oats. Drop from a teaspoon onto cookie sheet. Make depression in center of each: fill with a teaspoon of apple filling
            apple filling
combine 1/2 cups finely diced peeled apple 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup raisins 1/3 cup chopped pecans and two tablespoonswater (tablespoons water) Cook and stir till thick and apple is tender


  1. Okay, those are adorable-- and the Matt Sebastian directions were very Matt Sebastian! :)

    1. *smile* It's neat to see in hind sight how certain personality traits from childhood are carried into adulthood, making us all unique and special. I remember Matt always read REALLY FAST when he read out loud. I wonder if he still does?