Curator’s Corner – Local Cookbooks

This month I would like to highlight the Fenton’s collection of local cookbooks. Over the years many groups, including churches, fraternal organizations, schools, PTAs, and auxiliaries have produced cook books. We have a growing collection of these books here at the Fenton History Center in our Archives. Many of the books were generated by submissions from group members, who are often listed by name next to their recipes. This month I would like to feature one of the recipes from the “What’s Cooking with the Busti Baker’s” cookbook from the Busti Federated Church in 1986. This apple squares recipe, submitted by Gloria John, is just in time for the Busti Historical Society’s annual Busti Apple Festival, held the last Sunday in September. You might see me, Fenton Curator, at the apple festival at the Flax demonstration table. Stop by and say hi, and pick up some apples for your apple squares!

Apple Squares – Batter

  • 2c. peeled, diced apples
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 1 c. Flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ c. chopped nuts
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

Apple Squares – Topping

  • 1 c. whipped topping
  • ½ c. applesauce
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Combine apples and sugar. Set aside for 5 minutes. Sift together flour, cinnamon and soda; set aside. Add egg to apple mixture and stir in the sifted ingredients. Add nuts and vanilla. Pour into a well greased 8 inch square pan. Bake for 40 minutes in a 375° oven; cool.

Make topping by combining whipped topping, applesauce and lemon juice. Serve with topping and garnish with nuts. 

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