Apple dessert to prepare today

olga_6bNovember 23, 2011

Need robust recipe for apple cake, bars or any other apple dessert (not pie), which can be prepared day before and does not have corn syrup in it (allergy).

My oven will be booked tomorrow for turkey, dressing and side dishes, so need something that I can prepare today. I had plans for something, but it didn't work, so need a substitute. Linda's cake with gravy looks really good, but I am not sure if it can be baked in advance.

Thank you.


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Here are two that may work for you. The cobbler can be baked ahead and warmed up or served at room temp.

Apple Walnut Cobbler
Source BH&G January 1997

5 c tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
3/4 c chopped walnuts
3/4 c sugar, divided
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c evaporated milk I had no evap milk so subbed cream. Worked fine
1/3 c butter or margarine, melted
Half & Half or light cream (Optional)

Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease an 8x8 square baking dish. Spread the apples in prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 c walnuts, 1/4 c sugar and the cinnamon. In medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, 1/2 c sugar and baking powder.

In small bowl, combine the egg, milk and melted butter. Stir egg mixture into the dry ingredients until smooth. Pour evenly over the apples, sprinkle with remaining walnuts.

Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm, cut into squares. If desired, serve with half & half or cream.
9 servings


1/4 c. butter   
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs   
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)   
1 c. (8 oz.) sour cream   
1 (3 oz.) cream cheese   
1/4 c. lemon juice   
1 can apple pie filling   
1/4 c. chopped walnuts   
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 1 1/2 quart shallow baking dish (10 x 6 inch) melt butter in oven. Sprinkle in crumbs; stir well. Press on bottom of dish. In medium bowl, mix together sweetened condensed milk, sour cream and lemon juice and cream cheese. Spread evenly over crumbs. 

Spoon pie filling evenly over creamy layer. Sprinkle with walnuts that have been mixed with the cinnamon. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until set. May be served warm or cold. Refrigerate leftovers. 

Variations: Omit cinnamon, substitute blueberry, cherry or peach pie filling for apple pie filling. 

    Bookmark   November 23, 2011 at 12:56PM
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Thank you very much. I can try cobbler. Dutch dessert look wonderful, but I bet canned applle filling contains corn syrup. Almost all pie fillings usually do.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2011 at 1:16PM
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I recently posted a T & T apple cake recipe on the thread below. It's fine to make a day ahead of time.

Here is a link that might be useful: Apple Cake

    Bookmark   November 23, 2011 at 1:54PM
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You can always use fresh apples & make your own filling. Just peel, core, slice, add sugar to taste, a bit of cinnamon/nutmeg & simmer until the apples are tender & the filling has thickened.


    Bookmark   November 23, 2011 at 2:45PM
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Tricia, thanks. That is what I do for my apple pie :).
I did Ruthanna's cake. It was easy and tastes great. I didn't do caramel icing, because it is already very sweet and tastes great. Will serve it as squares. Probably will do some whipped cream topping tomorrow to serve for those who think they need it. To me it is just great, as is. Thank you very much, Ruthanna.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2011 at 4:36PM
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