THIS recipe caught my mother's eye back in 1925. It appeared in the local newspaper published in Jamaica, New York. Dad bought a paper every day so he could read while commuting on the El train.
It quickly became my brothers' and my favorite dessert.
-Louise Stuhr, Chatham, New Jersey
NOW THAT our children have all married, baked apples are a perfect dessert for the two of us. These are a delicious ending to any meal.
Using the microwave makes them so easy to prepare, even at the last minute.
-Theresa Stewart, New Oxford, Pennsylvania
MY favorite after-school snack was applesauce with graham crackers. I started cooking and baking when I was a very young child, and as far as I can remember, this cake was my creation.
-Rita Ferro, Alameda, California
I'VE MADE this dessert on a few special occasions for my husband and me. He just loves it.
It's so easy, but it looks and tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. Crushed peppermint candy adds a special taste and decorative touch. It never fails to impress.
-Brenda Mast, Clearwater, Florida
When I was living with my mother, she loved custard,, so I'd make this comforting dessert each week. Without leftovers, there's no chance of getting tired of this treat!—Billie Bohannan, Imperial, California
HERE'S a recipe that satisfies a sweet tooth without any fuss. This wonderful pudding can be served plain or topped with coconut, nuts or whipped cream for a more elaborate finish.
-Nora Reidy, Montoursville, Pennsylvania
ORIGINALLY a pear crumble pie, I shortened this to a crumble when I often was too short of time to make a pie crust.
I've also found canned pears work as well as fresh, so that makes it even easier to prepare.
-Kezia Sullivan, Sackets Harbor, New York
THIS is a moist delicious snack cake, so good that icing is not necessary. Sometimes my husband puts a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
Either way, it always satisfies our sweet tooth.
-Debi Peschka, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
I HAVE a passion for trying new recipes, the kind that bring joy to my eyes as well as my stomach!
I discovered this recipe over 40 years ago. It's a very refreshing summer dessert. If you need a great-looking, tasty treat to end a meal, this is it!
-Christl Bennett, Burlington, Kentucky
I THINK BACK to 1942 when I make this dessert. We grew extra large and juicy blackberries that year, and Mother canned 400 quarts.
For years, whenever we went home to visit, Mother brought up jars of blackberries from the cellar and treated us to the best cobblers, jam cakes or jam in the world.
-Dorothy Lilliquist, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota