Thursday, August 16, 2007

Baking Day

Today I awoke to a cool 55* F morning with a lovely breeze blowing, and since our veterinarian and his crew are coming late this afternoon to pregnancy test the heifers, I knew that baking was in order for the day. We'll all have supper together and then the crew will stay the night and get up early in the morning to go to the next ranch to test cows. I'll set up the coffee pot for them tonight before bed and have cinnamon rolls set out for for a take-along breakfast. They generally leave between 3-4 a.m. to get to their next destination by daybreak.

Today's baking included Cinnamon Rolls and Cranberry-Apple Crisp. These are two top recipes in my baking repertoire. My little apple tree is loaded with apples just now so I knew I had to make this crisp for our dessert. I even had a few frozen cranberries to plop into the mix. If I don't have fresh or frozen, I often use dried cranberries instead. The recipe comes from one of my favorite homemakers and business women, Susan Branch. If you have the chance, check out her book entitled Autumn From the Heart of Home. You'll be inspired by her beautiful art throughout the book, her delicious recipes, and her ideas to make autumn a joyful season at your house. Check out her web site here.

Susan Branch's Cranberry-Apple Crisp

4 large green apples, peeled sliced

1 c. fresh cranberries

3/4 c. brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. old-fashioned oats

3/4. t. cinnamon

3/4 t. nutmeg

1/3 c. softened butter

Preheat oven to 375*F. Butter a square baking pan. Place apple slices and cranberries in the pan. Mix remaining ingredients well and sprinkle over fruit. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot with ice cream or cold with whipped cream.


  1. Mmmm, looks good! I'm sure the crew is very thankful for such yummy food. I love Susan branch...I have a couple of her cookbooks, too.

    We're beginning to have cool nights now, too...I have to remind myself to close the windows before going to bed at night otherwise we all wake up shivering and grabbing for our sweaters in the morning. Summer has gone by far too quickly!

  2. yummy, yummmmy - another recipe for me to try! The last one has turned into a family favorite! Have a lovely weekend Jody! PS My chook is laying eggs LOL check out my blog. LOL You will giggle.

  3. Carla, the vet and crew turned out to be one extra young lady from Australia. We had fun talking all about her home/ranch there. She is here on an agricultural exchange. It's cooling off at night here too. I love it!

    Sandie, I'm so glad that the rhubarb recipe has turned into a favorite. This crisp is just THE BEST. You can't go wrong with it. Your chooks are taking you on a "wild goose hunt" aren't they?


  4. Oh, 55 degrees sounds has been so muggy here...we really could use a break from this weather!..your crisp look so yummy!

  5. Dianntha, I do hope you get a reprieve from the heat. We are cool now so we'll send it on over to you!


  6. Oh, thank you Jody,
    This will be great for my sewing days get together.My friends love Cake!
    We did see on the news about the fires on Montana, so glad you are safe from them...

  7. looks so yummy! and gosh ya'll have 55 degree temps! aren't you lucky! we have had temps in the mid 90's.

  8. Gardengoose, We had a HOT summer, but now the cool is on the way. It's even raining this evening.



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