Gooseberry Patch recently sent me one of their latest cookbooks, Simple Shortcut Recipes to review for the Little House Living readers. Now I know what you might be thinking…why on earth would I enjoy a cookbook using “quick” items. I thought the same thing when I first received the book.
I looked through the cookbook a couple times before I remembered something, just because a recipe calls for a boxed cake mix doesn’t mean I actually have to use a from-the-store-cake-mix. I already make my own cake mixes and store them in jars! Once I realized that I could easily replace the “store” items with homemade items I really started to like the cookbook! To really put it to the test I had to make a recipe from the book.
I chose “Granny Ruth’s Apple Dumplings” from the desserts section. The recipe calls for:
- 2 apples, peeled and quartered
- 1 tube crescent rolls
- 1/8 t. cinnamon
- 1 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. margarine
- 1/2 c. orange juice
- 1 t vanilla
I made my own orange juice and add that, the margarine (aka BUTTER!), and 1/2 c. sugar to a saucepan. Let this simmer until it thickens slightly.
Slice, peel, and quarter the 2 apples.
Instead of using crescent rolls I used my butter pie crust recipe. Place an apple on the dough, sprinkle a little sugar (the recipe calls for 1 T on each but I think that’s a little much!) then roll up the dough so it covers the apple. The recipe also calls to sprinkle a little cinnamon inside the apples as well if you wish.
Place the apple dumplings in a 9×13 pan and pour the orange sauce over the top.
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes and serve warm.
Make sure you pour the extra sauce from the pan over the dumplings!
The rest of the cookbook is filled with other “quick fix” recipes and ideas. Plenty of which can be converted into real food if you’d rather avoid the boxed products.
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