Sunday, January 3, 2010

Red Work and Apple Tarts

How do you like that picture of the Red Work Quilt?

A neighbor made this crib quilt about 70 years ago for her child. Her husband told me he rocked his babies to sleep in that quilt. The memories brought tears to his eyes. I am very fortunate to be the owner of this quilt. Look close at the elephants leg and you will see a tiny signature, "Minnie". I love it! The quilt is all hand stitched.

I don`t usually show recipes on my blog. The exception is this "Dutch Apple Tart" recipe from the Pennsylvania Dutch People`s Cookbook put out by Culinary Art`s Press , Reading PA in 1978. This is a delicious treat.

You will need:
Pastry for a one crust pie
1 Tablespoon Flour
1 Cup Sugar
5 Medium Size Apples, quartered, cored and pared
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
2 Tablespoons Butter
I also added a teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon, my idea 'cause I like cinnamon in my pies and cinnamon is good for too!

Line an 8 inch round baking dish or pie plate with pastry. Sprinkle a mixture of the flour and 1/4 cup of the sugar on the bottom of the pastry. Add the apples with cut sides down. Sprinkle the layers with a mix of the remaining sugar and nutmeg. Cinnamon too if you want. Dot with the butter. Bake at 350 degrees F about 55 minutes or until the apples are tender and a rich syrup has formed.

We like eating the tart warm with real whipped cream. OK, I use Reddi-Whip, not whipping cream.

I`m getting another mammogram tomorrow, Monday and I wanted to post this now cause I`ll be real busy tomorrow morning. Good ol` calcium deposits!

Everybody have a great day,


  1. That pie looks DELICIOUS!!

    Why can't you add a picture to your header? Is Blogger being recalcitrant?

    WV = exgape. It's Greek for "falling out of love with somebody."

  2. Hi Maria,

    Over the years I`ve had lots of different pictures in that header and one day new pictures just wouldn`t take, so to speak. They show up when I upload them on the add pictures to header page, but not on the blog page itself. I`ve deleted all the old pictures, checked for dead links, dropped an old rss feed at feedburner and nothing helps. Refreshing the page doesn`t help either. I have no problem on my other blog. So I did a work around.

    Happy New Year!

  3. glad your glitch is gone- what a super picure! That recipe looks very yummy - so glad that you decided to share it with us! Happy New year!

  4. We love apple anything, looks like a keeper! Your invited to join us over at my blog for a old fashioned, hand made valentine swap, come check it out! Good luck with the mammogram!

  5. Calcium deposits???? Really???? That is exactly why I have to go for a consultation on the 14th. Good Luck to you.....
    Love redwork..... I have seen many beautiful vintage quilts done this way!!
    Take Care...

  6. Thanks Marilyn. Good luck to you too.

  7. Just discovered your it!
    especially your redwork header....

  8. What a beautiful old quilt, and how lucky you are to have it. But I did wonder why the family let it go; if the husband rocked his babies to sleep in it, one would think those babies now grown up, would like to have it in their possession!

  9. Hi Gina,

    He outlived his adult children and their are no heirs. I was fortunate to be able to purchase it as he was a friend.

  10. Oh that is so sad, when people outlive their children. I knew a lady in a nursing home here who was 104, and she had outlived her husband, two children and a grandchild..
    In your case, I am VERY pleased that you were able to buy this quilt! And I bet the old guy was happy too, knowing it would be loved again.


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