Notes from Windward: #66

Nancy Black's "Fancy Pants" School Brownies

Katie shares the secrets of the apple brownies we like so much

      The very first dish of goodness that I made at Windward were these gorgeous apple brownies. Perhaps you are wondering, "Apple in brownies? That is simply crazy talk." But I'll have you know that these aren't your traditional brownies full of chocolate goodness. I don't know why they are even called brownies, for this fantastic apple dessert consists the likeness of cookie-bars.

      But whatever you want to call them, they never last long in the Windward kitchen. I've made them at least . . . too many times. And the apples that have been used for this fancy pants dessert are from our own apple trees. Nancy Black's School Brownies are just that fancy. I encourage you Windward readers to taste for yourselves. I'll even make them for you.

      So, how much do you make for you and your very hungry friends?

      Use an 8-inch-square or 9-inch-diameter baking dish to feed four greedy people when it comes to apple goodness. If the number of dessert-eaters anticipated exceed the number of fingers on your entacted hand, I suggest you double the recipe and use a 9 x 14 inch baking dish.

The stuff to have:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 large apple
  • 3/4 chopped of preferred nuts, or granola
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

What to do:

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour an 8-inch-square baking dish.
  2. 2. Cream the sugar and butter in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. 3. Beat in the egg.
  4. 4. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir into the batter.
  5. 5. Peel, core, and dice the apple. Add to the batter with the nuts and vanilla. Stir.
  6. 6. Pour batter into the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. 7. Share it with your friends.

one last brownie left--won't last long


Notes From Windward - Index - Vol. 66