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Dutch Apple Puff

Sunday dinner. Roast beef or roast pork. Baked ham, the layer of fat scored and pricked with clove. Fried chicken some times and mashed potatoes, always. Pickles from the cellar. A vegetable or two, mostly lapping in mushroom soup and topped with cracker crumbs. In summer, sliced tomatoes and fresh lima beans or sweet corn.Do families still gather round big tables after Sunday church, three generations at least, so many aunts and cousins that it’s nearly as certain the meal will end with birthday cake as it will start with grace?Growing up, some weeks Mom cooked Sunday dinner. Mostly though, it’s Sunday suppers that I remember. If it were just the four of us, or five including Gramma who lived in town, Mom would send my sister or me to the basement for the waffle iron.In minutes, we’d sit down to plates of steaming waffles, sugar-crisp on the outside, soft in the middle and topped with fat scoops of vanilla ice cream and a few drops of precious maple syrup.It must be our waffle supper…

Fat Rascals

The Recipe: My cousin Laura's rendition of an old-fashioned biscuit from Yorkshire in the north of England, peppered with dried currants. The dough is mixed by hand (so, hey, no mixer required!) and rolls out so easily. At Christmas, I especially like to make Fat Rascals in small star shapes just a bite or two big.But first, let me tell you a story about a boy on my street. Would cookies help, even a little? Mornings, I watch a boy trudge up the street on his way to school.He’s maybe nine. His backpack hangs low, his head bends downward. Delaying the inevitable, he kicks at leaves, a rock, the curb.Afternoons, I watch the same-but-different boy head down the street toward home. His steps are quick, his shoulders thrown back, his face lifts to the sun. Still heavy, the backpack now bounces.School may be hard for this man-in-the-making. Perhaps his classmates tease or the learning comes slowly.But my own wish for the nameless one is that his lively homeward steps mean he will be welc…

Quick Brown Bread

Easy-mix, cupboard-ingredient BROWN BREAD may be a misnomer. It isn’t the yeast-leavened bread that comes to mind but instead a quick bread leavened with baking soda and reminiscent of a steamed Boston brown bread. As regular readers will notice, I’ve 'Alanna-sized' the recipe, reducing the sugar by half. I also cut the currants / raisins along with the nuts, following my mom’s theory about chocolate chips: a few ‘delight’ when more can seem ‘rather ordinary’.The changes result in a 20 percent drop in calories and a 33 percent reduction in fat – and with no loss in enjoyment, an absolute requirement.A favorite new baking pan helps too. It is longer and narrower than a standard 9x5 bread pan but holds the same volume of batter.The length change makes it easier to cut a dozen substantial-seeming pieces versus a dozen skimpy-seeming pieces. This is a mind game, of course, but like serving meals on smaller plates, it works.If you think it might for you, too, visit KingArthurFlour.…