The Richmond Register

February 19, 2013

Crazy ways to work with fun recipes

Table Talk

By Arritta Morris
Register Columnist

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.

Birthday cake pancakes


1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour    

1 cup (boxed) yellow cake mix

1 tbs sugar            

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda        

1/4 tsp salt

2 eggs            

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup milk            

2 Tbsp butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla            

1/3 cup sprinkles-birthday party type


Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flour, cake mix, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt; set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs with a wisk. Add the milks, butter and vanilla and whisk to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until fully mixed. Fold in the sprinkles.

Scoop portions of 1/3 cup of batter onto the griddle, leaving room for the batter to spread. When the pancakes begin to bubble, flip and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm until serving. Serve with syrup or optional icing. I like to use the powdered sugar type mixed with whipped topping.

The last idea I am going to take to a homemakers meeting here in Berea. I will give you the bread recipe and tell you how to fill it in.

Sandwich layer cake

Ingredients for the bread cake:

1 1/2 tbsp dried yeast        

2 cups of water

2 tsp salt            

1 tsp dark syrup

2 tsp cooking oil        

1 1/4 cup wheat flour

5 cups all purpose flour


To make the bread layers: Dissolve the yeast in water. Add salt, syrup, oil, and whole wheat flour. Mix in white flour and knead. Place into a greased bowl and let rise 45 minutes. Remove from bowl, knead and place it in a round cake pan. Let it rise again. An ideal pan is a spring form pan. Cover and let rise 45 minutes. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake the bread for about 35 minutes. Cool and remove from the pan.

Slice the baked bread into several layers. Then you can add your favorite meats, veggies, etc., onto each slice as you build your cake back into form. Ice cake with cream cheese that has been blended with  sour cream. I do not add a dressing between each layer but you can do so if you like.

If you did not get to attend the Baptist Health Heart show  in Richmond on Thursday night at the cinema, you missed a great opportunity to be educated about your heart and its care. Thanks so much to the Baptist Health team for putting on such a rewarding evening. We even got a T-shirt as we left.

Arritta Morris is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Nutrition and a graduate degree in Counseling. She is certified as a Food Service Specialist by School and Nutrition Association.