Sunday, February 04, 2007



Once upon a time, Cyn lived a few doors down from a good Catholic family, with, shall we say, MANY children! Mrs. Thayer was a stay-at-home mom, while my mom was a single parent, working in a factory. One of the advantages of living near a good Catholic family was the many children they had. Mr. & Mrs. T had, I think, 12 of them. matter what your age, you could always find someone to play with at the T's! I had Joanie, my sis had Jean Ann...and unbeknownest to me...
Farmboy had Dave, 2nd oldest of the T's.
Mrs. Thayer baked. My mom did not.
One of Mrs. T's favorites was Apple Grunt.
And whenever Mrs. T baked Apple Grunt, Cyn was there, begging from Joanie. So...Joanie would sneak me a piece of the familys dessert, and Cyn would be happy.
Dave T. was sneakin' Farmboy a piece of the dessert.
Keep in mind...
Cyn did not even know Farmboy existed at this point in time.
He was 3 years older, and lived 6 blocks away, but our paths had never crossed. (tho he says he remembers me as the cute 6th grader from St. James Parochial School...but I kind of doubt it!!)
After we were married, I got the coveted recipe from Mrs. Thayer, and have been making it at least once every winter since then.

Apple Grunt

6-8 apples, peeled, cored, sliced
1 TBL cinnamon
1 cup sugar
3 TBL flour
2 teas. nutmeg
Mix above and place in well buttered 8x8 pan.

In separate bowl:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
dash salt
1 TBL melted butter
1/2 cup milk
dash vanilla
Mix and pour over apples.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Memories are made of this.

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Mimi said...

Great story, Cyn.

We had one of those big families right across from the school-church complex.

Thy don't make 'em like that anymore.

Lovella said...

Aww, that is very sweet. Someday perhaps somebody will tell the story of tasting Farmgirlcyn's Apple Grunt and they will have their own memory of you sharing your dessert. I'd love some with a dollop of icecream.

Jean said...

Looks and sounds delishes! I can't waitto try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said...

Yum, that looks like Apple Brown Betty to me! A scoop of blue bell and I'm happy.

Lori said...

Loved the story! Also, looks like I love the recipe. Thanks so much!!

Shabby in the City said...

Meant to be! This will help get the buzzard taste out of your mouth too.

oneblueegg said...

oh cyn! Here I am shivvering in the kitchen, school is cancelled due to the temps and this THIS is just what I'm hungry for! I'm going to bundle up and make a run to the store for apples:) thanks for cheering me on 5 today:)
adorable story too btw!

Betty Jo said...

What a sweet story and delicious looking dessert. Yummmmmm . . .

Cindy said...

Oooooh! Another recipe for me to try! Thanks!

cityfarmer said...

We might all have a version of this delicacy...but I'm SURE you are the only one with the name being "apple grunt"...I need to know more 'er well maybe I don't.....mmmmmmmm

Rachel said...

Love your story...great memories!

Linda said...

interesting and cute story. i cant wait to try this with some light sorbet or creamy vanilla bean ice cream!

kansasrose said...

THat is a great story! I grew up in a big Catholic neighborhood as a Lutheran. Must have rubbed off because I married a Catholic from a family of 10! We called this apple crisp, but I like apple grunt better! It sure sounds good today with vanilla ice cream melted on top!

diana said...

love this story.. and the recipe... yummm

Homemakersheart said...

This looks tasty enough to try tonight. I have a whole bag of apples that need something done with them.

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Katie said...

Okay, my mother's sister had 12 kids.... You ought to see our family reunions!
But, we went to school with a family that had 22! Yep, that's right, 22. She had 4 or 5 sets of twins. I had Tim and Tom in my class, my sister had 3 in her class a set of twins and another within the year!
The Grunt looks great!

Rachel said...

Loved the story. This recipe sounds great as well!!

Yellow Mama said...

Yum...I copied it into my computer to reference later when I'm in the mood to try something a bit different. I'm an apple pie maker, but this looks equally as yummy!

cityfarmer said...

Miss Cyn has had some unexpected events in her life this week..she'll be back really soon to tell you all about it....

prayer changes things!!!