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Fudge Pecan Pie and Other Autumn Sweets From Childhood

Updated on September 2, 2012

Autumn is my favorite time of year. The crispness in the air makes me crave some seasonal favorites. This weather beckons for me to eat and cook with apples, pumpkin, oats, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. These sweet delights are favorites from my childhood. I have many wonderful memories associated with these treats. I hope soon you and your family will too.

Fudge Pecan Pie

1 deep dish pie crust

1/2 cup butter

3 Tablespoons cocoa

3/4 cup hot water

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 small can evaporated milk

3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven and cookie sheet to 350 degrees. In medium saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa and stir until dissolved. Add hot water and stir again. With wire whisk, stir in sugar, flour, salt, extract and milk. Stir until batter is smooth. Mix in pecans and pour into pie crust. Bake on preheated cookie sheet for 50 minutes or until custard sets.

Fried Apple Rings

1-2 medium apples,

1 cup flour

1 cup milk

¼ cup sugar

1 egg

3 Tablespoons cooking oil

Enough oil for deep frying

Peel, core and cut apples into rings. Heat oil for deep frying.

Mix flour, sugar, egg, 3 tablespoons cooking oil and milk together. Add apples and mix to coat. Drop coated apples into hot oil. Let apples get brown on one side and flip in the oil to get brown on the other side.

Take out of the hot oil and drain on a paper towel. Then dust with cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar. These are great for breakfast or as a snack

Oatmeal Pancakes

These were my favorite when I was growing up. Mom made these for breakfast on my birthday every year. Since they have oats in them, these pancakes can be considered good for you as a source of whole grain.

1 cup flour

1 cup milk

¼ cup quick oats, not cooked

1 egg

2 Tablespoons melted butter

Soak ¼ cup quick oats in 1 cup milk until oats are soft. Mix into flour. Add and mix egg and melted butter and milk.

Lightly oil your frying pan and get it hot. Pour about ¼ cup batter onto the frying pan for each pancake. Brown to desired doneness on each side.

These are great served the traditional way with butter and syrup or even better with applesauce, strawberry jam, or orange marmalade.

Hot Apple Cider

1 64 oz. bottle apple juice

1 64 oz. bottle cranberry juice

1 large can pineapple juice

1 package cinnamon discs

Combine all ingredients in large pot on stovetop. Cook until candy is thoroughly melted. This makes your house smell yummy while cooking. This is good enjoyed hot or cold.

Pumpkin Muffins

1 1/3 cup flour, self-rising

1/3 cup sugar

½ cup pumpkin puree

1 egg

¾ cup milk

1/3 cup cooking oil

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

½ cup raisins, nuts, apples (optional)

Mix dry ingredients together. Set aside. Mix pumpkin puree and egg together and then mix into dry ingredients. Add milk and cooking oil. Fold in raisins. The raisins won’t sink to the bottom of the muffin if you toss them in flour before adding to the batter. Chopped nuts and or apples are great in this recipe too. Fill cups of your muffin pan 2/3 full. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. This recipe makes 12 scrumptious muffins that are perfect on a crisp fall morning or as a dessert later in the day.

Old-Fashioned Raisin Bars

1 ¾ cups plain flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground allspice

¼ tsp ground cloves

¼ tsp salt

1 cup raisins

1 cup water

½ cup shortening or cooking oil

1 cup sugar

1 beaten egg

½ cup chopped nuts

Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375° . Grease 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan. Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and salt. In saucepan, combine rains and water; bring to boiling. Remove from heat; stir in shortening or cooking oil. Cool to lukewarm. Combine raisin mixture, sugar and egg. Beat well. Add dry ingredients to raisin mixture and beat till blended. Stir in nuts. Turn into prepared pan. Bake in 375° oven for about 12 minutes or till done. Sift with powdered sugar while still warm. Or these taste wonderful frosted with cream cheese frosting while still warm. Cool. Cut into bars. This makes 4 dozen. If using self-rising flour, omit salt and baking soda.


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      Marla J Neogra 6 years ago from Parkersburg, West Virginia

      I can't wait!

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Marla, the apple slices are awesome. They will make your tastebuds sing.

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      Marla J Neogra 6 years ago from Parkersburg, West Virginia

      These look great! I will have to try the apple slices.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Deborah, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy your fudge pecan pie.

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      Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

      Yum! All these recipes look great but that fudge pecan pie looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Just ask susan, thanks so much for reading. The apple rings are yummy beyond belief and the fudge pecan pie brings much happiness. Enjoy these sweet treats.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hubby, I hope you find someone to make you a fudge pecan pie. It's not really hard, so maybe you could make one. Either way, it is awesome!!! Sure hope you enjoy every sweet ooey bite.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Millionaire, thanks for reading and commenting. Enjoy your autumn sweet delights!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So many wonderful recipes to try. Thanks for posting these. The apple rings and fudge pecan pie look and sound especially delicious.

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      Yum, all of these look delicious.