Holiday Treats

Time for holiday treats!  I’m not a baker by any means, so when I thought about posting a recipe for cookies or bars I wanted to find something with few ingredients and limited instructions.  Bingo ! Marjorie Standish saves the day again.  Here is her recipe for Quick Party Bars which is featured in her book Cooking Down East.  Enjoy.

Quick Party Bars

1 stick margarine

½ cup light brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup flour

½ cup oatmeal

1 cup chocolate bits

Nuts

Cream shortening.  Add light brown sugar.  Add vanilla, egg and beat until light and creamy.  Add sifted flour, fold in oatmeal.  No baking powder in recipe.  Turn into buttered 8 by 8 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Place pan on rack to cook.  Then spread 1 cup semisweet chocolate bits, melted, all over top of baked bars.  Sprinkle chopped nuts on top.  Cool and cut into bars.

 

Apple Crisp

Fall is in the air and apple crisp should be in your oven on its way to the table.  Want a simple recipe from the best Maine cook book?  Here is the Marjorie Standish recipe from Cooking Down East.

APPLE CRISP

Place in buttered baking dish:

4 cups sliced apples

Sprinkle with:

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

¼ cup water

Combine ¾ cup sifted all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter

Use pastry blender for mixing flour, sugar and butter.

Turn mixture over apple slices.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  Serve warm with cream, ice cream or sauce.

Serves 6

Thanksgiving and Marjorie Standish

Thanksgiving and Marjorie Standish.  While the two are not necessarily tied to each other, I do associate both of them with good comfort food.  So as Thanksgiving approaches, I will share with you Marjorie’s recipe for Baked Acorn Squash.  It’s about as simple and delicious as you can get.  It is also featured in the new book, Cooking Maine Style which is edited by Sandra Oliver and features classic recipes of Marjorie Standish.  You can check it out at the Gardiner Public Library.

BAKED ACORN SQUASH

Wash the squash, cut in half lengthwise, remove seeds using a spoon.  Wash once more, turn squash upside-down in a baking pan, pour ¼ inch cold water in pan.

Bake at 400 degrees for ½ hour.  Remove from oven, turn squash right side up.  Salt and pepper it, sprinkle with brown sugar (maple syrup is good, too).  Place piece of butter in each half.  Return to oven, bake 30 minutes longer.  Serve.