I was born and raised in the Midwest, and this sweet dessert reminds me of home. The kitchen smells wonderful while it's baking. It's done when you tap on the crunchy topping and it sounds hollow.
—Dawn Ace of Berkeley, California
I was fortunate enough to have a dear friend share this recipe with me more than 50 years ago. The sweet-smelling combination of apples, cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg has been a welcome scent in my house ever since. —Cleo Lightfoot, Southlake, Texas
My mother loves to make this old-fashioned dessert, and my father, brother and I love to eat it. Each serving is chock-full of apple slices, crunchy nuts and chewy dates. When the weather is cold, I love to warm up with this dessert.
-Karin Cousineau, Burlington, North Carolina
I FOUND this recipe soon after I was married 47 years ago. It uses few ingredients, which are usually on hand, and takes little time to put together.
It's a favorite of ours during fall and winter, when apples are at their best.
-Shirley Leister, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Warm up your family any winter day with dishes of this oven-baked treat. If you prefer, replace the cheddar cheese slices with a topping of ice cream or whipped cream. —Mary Ann Marino, West Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Nutmeg lends a homey touch to apple pie filling and canned pears topped with tender biscuits. "I've received many great comments about this dessert from my family and friends," writes Shirley Brown of Pocatello, Idaho. "Vanilla ice cream makes a wonderful addition to it," she recommends.
"My family enjoys the sweetness of the apples as well as the tartness of the cranberries in this old-fashioned treat," says Regina Stock of Topeka, Kansas. "It's a great dessert to make during the peak of apple season."
Mom found this recipe in a bridal book years ago, and it soon became a family favorite. With tender juicy apples and a hint of cinnamon, it is yummy served plain or with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.