Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bumbleberry Crisp and Applesauce Cake Recipes for Bramble Farm Apples

  Starwood Quilter's Bumbleberry Crisp
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups of fruit (rhubarb, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peeled apples)cut into 1-inch cubes

Crisp: 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup flour
¾ cup oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup melted butter

1.  In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch.  Mix well and add water and vanilla.  Cook together until nicely thickened and bubbly.  Pour the sauce over the fruit and mix well.
2.  In mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, and cinnamon.  Drizzle melted butter over combination with fork until crumbly.
3.  Turn fruit into a 9 x 13-inch pan that has been sprayed with Pam.  Spread crisp mixture over fruit.  Bake for 45 to 55 minutes until topping is brown and crunchy and fruit mixture is bubbling through.

Serve hot with whipped cream or ice cream.     

Member Julie from Japan writes:  “This recipe is written in my mother's handwriting, saying it comes from ‘Gram.’  It is simple and basic and the cake I always request for my birthday if anyone asks. (My uncle had an apple orchard and the worst of the wind-falls went to applesauce).

Julie's Mother's Applesauce Cake    serves 5   9 x 2"   sent Nov. 1987
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon each cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, sifted with
1-3/4 cup flour
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon soda, dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water

Bake in moderate oven (350) about 40 - 50 minutes depending upon thickness.  No topping necessary.

Birthday Cake Quilt Block

In the book Alice's Tulips, Alice writes her sister Lizzie: "I boiled up a kettle of black walnut hulls the other day to make a dye, then colored a length of homespun, and will make a dress for Mother Bullock."  Have you ever used a natural dye to color anything?  (Easter eggs is one possibility!)  Inquiring minds want to know!  Respond in the comment section below.  If you're reading via email, click on the blog title to be able to comment and read others' comments. 
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  1. What an interesting block. What does it measure? I want to try to make. Love the recipes. I make a dessert each week when I cook for my son and family. These will be used soon.

  2. The computer said I was already getting email from you, but I usually get from Stash Busters group. Would you check, please, and if I'm not, please add me.

  3. If grass stains and Georgia Red Clay count when they get on your clothes from playing or working in the yard, then yes I have. LOL! Also, neighbor has a black walnut tree on the side of her yard that is on my side. Those black walnuts ruin white tennis shoes if you step on them. That is one tough stain that does not come out. Never thought to use them to intentionally stain something. I know I hate that black walnut tree of hers. Have almost sprained an ankle many times from stepping on those things in the dark taking the dog out.

  4. No, I have never used a natural dye to color anything. The only item (and I don't even know if it is natural) is a bluing we used to put in the rinse water to make the clothes come out whiter. Then again I have seen what tea has done to white tablecloths -not intentionally either.

  5. I used to loved dying cream, seeded homespun with a coffe or tea dye. I know it's not a natural product, but I also use Parisienne Essence from my pantry for a great fabric dye too!

  6. I had to chuckle at Lisa's response because that is just what first came to my mind ... the coffee and blood stains on my recent quilt, the banana stains in the tablecloth, (along with stains I can't even guess what caused them or if they can ever be removed) I have done tie-dye with indigo but someone else prepared it.

  7. I have not dyed anything on purpose, but in fifth or sixth grade I made a light blue gingham, elastic waist skirt in home ec - my first garment ever. After wearing it a few times, I spilled India ink on it at school. Well, that was that!

  8. I've not done it, but, I've thought many times about 'tea dying' fabrics. These days, you can find so many fabrics that already look 'tea dyed' that I won't bother doing it myself.


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