When I was in high school, my best friend's mother baked mini apple pies every Christmas. I was thrilled when she shared the recipe with me—it made me feel like I was finally an adult! —Katie Ferrier Gage, Houston, Texas
"My family always loves it when I make this wonderful dessert," writes Joanie Fuson of McCordsville, Indiana. "Old-fashioned strudel was too fattening and time-consuming, but this revised classic is just as good. It's best served warm from the oven."
I found this recipe in a Midwestern cookbook. My friends and family consider it one of their favorite desserts. I like it because it's so easy to make. One delectable slice calls for another!
-DeEtta Twedt, Mesa, Arizona
If I had to define the "Betty" of Apple Brown Betty, she'd be a smart and thrifty Southern gal with a knack for creating simple, soul-comforting desserts. In this sweet dish, spiced apples are slow-cooked between layers of cinnamon-raisin bread cubes for a wonderful twist on the traditional oven-baked classic.—Heather Demeritte, Scottsdale, Arizona
My husband and I are always on the lookout for new ways to incorporate Jewish traditions into our interfaith home. Rich with apples, carrots and sweet potato, this sweet and spicy cake is perfect for Rosh Hashana or any fall holiday.—Molly Haendler, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“I got the idea for this delicious fall dessert from a lovely Italian woman who’s also a fabulous cook,” writes Stacie Blemings from Califon, New Jersey. “It’s so simple to make—and cleanup is just as easy! I often make two and freeze one. It’s great at brunch alongside eggs and bacon.”
STACIE’S TIP: For some tasty variations, try strawberry jam and walnuts and skip the icing. Or add extra cinnamon chips to suit your taste.