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Christmas Memories

Friday, December 3, 2010 @ 10:12 AM Mistylynn

It’s that time of year! The Christmas season is upon us. I remember when I was small going to grandma’s house and having dinner with the large extended family. As soon as we walked in the door we could smell the mix of turkey and ham cooking in the kitchen. The apple pies sitting to rest beside the plates of peanut brittle and chocolate fudge looked so scrumptious. Maybe your family shared a different Christmas menu, but the memories are still there to be enjoyed time and time again. Give your family that special time of building memories. — Mistylynn P.

Prepare wonderful, time-tested recipes from Karen Jean Matsko Hood’s Christmas Delights Cookbook, Volume I, available for immediate shipment. Click here to visit us at Whispering Pine Press International’s Bookstore and order your copy today!

In the meantime, try this recipe from the cookbook for delicious Apple Strudel.

Apple Strudel

I have fond memories of my mother making homemade apple strudel when I was young.  This is one of the easier recipes and definitely worth making.  It is great served warm out of the oven with vanilla ice cream and dusted with fresh-ground cinnamon.


2    c. flour

1    tsp. salt

2    Tbs. shortening

1    Tbs. canola oil

¼   c. water, warm

2    eggs

12  apples, chopped or finely grated

⅓   lb. butter, melted

1    c. sugar

1½ tsp. cinnamon


1.      Sift flour into bowl and form a well.

2.      Into the well put the salt, shortening, canola oil, warm water, and 2 eggs.

3.      Work into the flour gradually.

4.      After thorough mixing, cover with a warm, wet cloth and let stand 1 hour.

5.      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

6.      Roll dough very thin, until it covers a circle about 28 to 30 inches in diameter.

7.      Brush half the melted butter onto the thin stretched dough.

8.      Sprinkle on the apples.

9.      Sprinkle on sugar and rest of butter.

10.  Roll tight as you would a jellyroll.

11.  Tuck in corners tightly.

12.  Shape dough into a horseshoe shape.

13.  Lightly grease a large baking pan with sides.

14.  Place dough in prepared pan.

15.  Bake 10 minutes; reduce heat to 350 degrees F.

16.  Bake 50 minutes, or until done.

17.  Sprinkle powdered sugar on top or frost after cooling.

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