The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

February 19, 2013

Crazy ways to work with fun recipes

Table Talk

RICHMOND — I was walking at the track last month and Mary Hozdik told me about a way to make applesauce cake in a jar her daughter Judith Clark makes. I thought she must be nuts. I tried it and it really does work.

Applesauce cake in a jar


8 pint-size canning jars    

2/3 cup shortening

2 2/3 cup sugar        

4 eggs

2 cups applesauce ( I used the natural one)    

2/3 cup water

3 1/3 cup flour        

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp salt            

1 tsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp baking soda        

2 tsp ground cloves

2/3 cup nuts-optional


Cream shortening with sugar, beat in eggs, applesauce and water. Sift dry ingredients together, blend into the applesauce mixture. Spoon into well-greased jars, filling only half full.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes. Remove from oven, put on dry lid and ring. Jar will seal as cake cools. Tighten lid more. Store as canned goods.

Keeps for 6 months. Can be warmed in a microwave if desired. Delicious with a scoop of whipped topping or ice cream on top.

This recipe just about blew me away. I now have four jars left as some two-legged rat got into it. I did make it with Splenda to reduce the sugar content.

Speaking of the crazy part, when I first started driving the school bus, I drove for Kirksville Elementary. Some of you may have attended or worked at the old school that was located in Kirksville. They use the old building as a community center.

One day as I was waiting for the kids to get out of school, Mr. Adams and one of the drivers, Pug Hisle, were out beside my bus window in a heated discussion about stripping. Mr. Adams was offering Pug $2 to strip. Pug was saying he would not strip for less than $2.50.

You now have to remember that I was a transplanted Texan who had only been in Kentucky for one year. I could not believe what I was over- hearing. How could two grown men act this way on such a risque subject. I got so upset with it all, that I opened the window and told them if they would agree, I would strip for Mr. Adams for $1.99 right there on the bus just to shut them up.

Well, you can sort of figure out where this is going. I soon learned about the tobacco business. They were talking about stripping tobacco, and I really had to eat crow that day.

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