* * *WE MET JUDY MATHER at the Sterling Fair September 12, and although she does not use a computer she was kind enough to hand-write a letter and send it with a pair of recipes as a follow-up to our conversation about apple crisp and New England apples. She writes, “I’m still looking for the words to “Sippin’ cider through a straw.” (we found them online at Sippin’ Cider, reprinted below.) Mather’s apple crisp recipe is a family favorite passed down from Edith Crosby, her grandmother. Note the unusual egg in the topping.
Judy Mather’s Apple CrispApples — pare (optional), core and slice thin McIntosh, Cortland, and Golden Delicious (or a mix ). Place sliced apples in a 9” pie plate or casserole dish. Spread over apples ½ c sugar and ½ t cinnamon. Topping — 1 c sugar, 1 c flour, 1 t baking powder, pinch of salt. Stir in 1 whole egg. Mix together and spread on top of apples. Bake at 350° until top is a light “nut” brown and crunchy and apples are done — approximately 20-30 minutes. Mather, who lives in Sterling, sent this as well: “This is a favorite apple recipe, also from my grandmother, Edith Crosby. I entered it in a cookbook back in the 1980s. It’s a great accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner, to top hamburgers, etc. I also add it to ham salad.”
Old Fashioned Apple Chutney24 Golden Delicious apples 4 green peppers 6 onions 4 T salt 1 c raisins 4 T white mustard seed ½ t cinnamon ½ t ground cloves 5 c vinegar 6 c brown sugar Boil vinegar and sugar until clear. Chop apples, pepper and onions into small chunks and add to sugar/vinegar mixture. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer gently for 2 hours. Process in canning jars.
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Sippin’ CiderThe prettiest girl I ever saw Was sippin’ cider through a straw I told that gal I didn’t see how She sipped that cider through a straw Then cheek to cheek and jaw to jaw We sipped that cider through a straw And now and then that straw would slip And I’d sip some cider from her lip And now I’ve got a mother-in-law From sippin’ cider through a straw The moral of this little tale Is to sip your soda through a pail!