A Family Thing
My mom is a great cook. Even though I wasn’t super interested in cooking as a child, I’m sure a lot of my love for all things food is inherited from her. I’m so thankful for her. I think of her all the time and laugh to myself as I find myself doing or enjoying things she and Dad did (and probably still do) that I might have thought weird as a kid.Ã‚ I see it in so many ways, especially as I get older… I am my mother’s daughter.
I asked my Mom if she would do a guest post with an Apple Bavarian Torte she made when we were in town for Oma’s birthday. She kindly obliged.
So, without further ado, here’s my Mom:
Let me introduce myself: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m RachelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mom, up in the cold, soon-to-be-white, north Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Canada.Ã‚ I think I always enjoyed helping in the kitchen (the cooking part Ã¢â‚¬â€œ definitely not the clean-up) while growing up in California.Ã‚ Education-wise, I took a class in cake decorating at the local community college.Ã‚ This was the only course outside of my major of music that I had room for in my 2 years at Reedley College.Ã‚ Our children sometimes think it ridiculous that I got college credits for a class like that.Ã‚ But, they did think it was neat that they had specially decorated cakes for their birthdays.Ã‚ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure that this was one of the steps to my becoming a creative cook.Ã‚ I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t decorate many cakes anymore, all that icing is just too sweet for me and most of my guests, but sometimes I use silk flowers to top off a special cake.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been cooking more officially since my first real job here in Canada almost 35 years ago, where I worked part-time as a house-parent at a group home for delinquent teenage boys.Ã‚ There were many things I was supposed to do while working there, but by far my favourite (thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the correct Canadian spelling) was cooking for the group of about 10 big eaters.
Now, husband, John and I own RiverSong Banquet Hall just outside St. Jacobs Ontario, where I do most of the cooking for the guests at our banquet hall.
We have apples readily available in our area, so I always have lots on hand.Ã‚ My favourite fall dessert this year is APPLE BAVARIAN TORTE.Ã‚ The original recipe came fromÃ‚ allrecipes.com, and I have adapted it to suit my tastes.Ã‚ Ã‚ You can omit the apples and top with thickened fruit, such as raspberries or cherries. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.
Susan Pries at RiverSong Banquet Hall
Mom’s APPLEÃ‚ BAVARIANÃ‚ TORTE
|pie or torte pan||9Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ round||2Ã‚ 9Ã¢â‚¬ rounds||6Ã‚ 9Ã¢â‚¬ rounds|
|64 sq Ã¢â‚¬Å“||128 sq Ã¢â‚¬Å“||384 sq Ã¢â‚¬Å“|
|servings||10 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 12servings||20 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 24servings||60 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 72servings|
|Butter||Ã‚½ cup||1 cup||3 cups|
|Sugar||1/3 cup||2/3 cup||2 cups|
|Vanilla||Ã‚¼ tsp||Ã‚½ tsp||1 Ã‚½Ã‚ tsp|
|Flour||1 cup||2 cups||6 cups|
|Press mixture into pan|
|Combine in blender:|
|Eggs||2 large||4 lg||12 lg|
|Cottage or Cream Cheese||8 oz||16 oz||48 oz|
|White Sugar or Honey||1/3 cup||2/3 cup||2 cups|
|Dry Milk Solids||Ã‚¼ cup||Ã‚½ cup||1 Ã‚½Ã‚ cups|
|Lemon Juice||1 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 2Ã‚ Tbl||2 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 4 Tbl||6 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 12 Tbl|
|Vanilla||2 tsp||4 tsp||4 Tbl|
|Pour over crust|
|Peel, core, slice & arrange in a circle over filling:|
|Apples||5 med||10 med||30 med|
|Mix and sprinkle over apples:|
|White sugar||1/3 cup||2/3 cup||2 cups|
|Cinnamon||Ã‚½ tsp||1 tsp||1 Tbl|
|Bake at 375Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ 25-35 minutes|
|Serve warm or at room temperature|