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Apple Dessert

From: harry 
Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2011 3:29 PM
Subject: lost apple dessert recipe

Love your site!

I have been searching for years to recover a recipe I found in either Food and Wine or Bon Appetit in the 1990s.  
It was really easy and a crowd pleaser for years-- then got thrown out accidentally in a move in 2002, and I've 
been unable to find it or replicate it exactly.  I must have given it out a couple dozen times to people at parties 
but I couldn't remember who they were, by the time I'd lost it.

It was quite simple: you sliced the apples, arranged them on the bottom of a pie plate, squeezed some lemon juice 
(and maybe there was some cinnamon sugar involved), then you poured a mixture over it-- egg, sugar, milk, +???--  
in proportions I can't quite figure out, bake and go.  There is no pie crust.  (Trader Joe's briefly sold something 
they called -- I think-- an upside down apple torte that tasted similar, but neither theirs nor mine was what I would 
have called a torte.)   

I was a subscriber to Gourmet during those years but found this recipe at someone else's house and copied it down.  
I really think the magazine had a two-word title (Food/Wine or Bon App).  Most of the recipes I've come up with when 
searching for the ingredients are for dutch babies but this wasn't a dutch baby.  Nor was it an apple cake. Or a tarte tatin.  
(No pie or tart crust.) It was like a crustless apple tart.

Thanks so much for your service.  I'll keep my fingers crossed.  


Hello Harry,

Those are very common ingredients. There must be a thousand recipes with apples and cinnamon and sugar and milk and eggs. It always amazes me when people say that they made a recipe for years and gave away copies of the recipe, but they donít know the name of the dish. Without that name, or a very unique ingredient, I have no special method to search for a recipe like this. Have you checked the website? They have some, but not all of the recipes that have appeared in Bon Appetit. Use the search here:

Same thing with Food and Wine Magazine. Go here:
Food and Wine If you donít find it, and you think of the actual name of the dish, get back to me.
Iíll post your request on my site. One of my readers might recognize the dish.


Hello again, Phaed,

First, thanks for the Italian steak sandwich recipe.  Iíve been remiss in not responding
previously.  I still read and enjoy your site regularly.  Thanks again! 

When I read Harryís request to you about the apple dessert, the Ďimpossibleí recipes
immediately sprang to mind.  I wonder if this might be what he is searching for:

Apple Cinnamon Impossible Pie

1 t sugar
1 t cinnamon
2 1/2 to 3 c sliced apples
1 c sugar
1 c flour
3/4 c melted shortening
1/2 c chopped walnuts

Grease a 9-inch pie pan with butter and fill with 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sliced apples. 
Mix remaining ingredients well and spread over apple mixture. Bake in 350 deg F oven for 1 hour.

Chi Chi's Beef Taquitos

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jeanne
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 9:02 PM
Subject: ISO Chi-Chi's beef taquito recipe`

Hi! I saw on your Chi Chi's page that you had found a few recipes - and your
Beef Taco pizza recipe has a sort of recipe for the taco meat that is inside
the taquitos as well - it's not totally accurate, I think, because Chi Chi's
had dried green chiles ( something I'm unable to find ANYWHERE, BTW) added
to both the restaurant and the mix for restaurant style meat mix ( which I
can't find in local stores anymore).

I don't know what exactly they used or how they fried the taquitos, but they
were my favorite food for 10 years!

Thanks in advance,

Hello Jeanne,

Sorry, no success. That one remains elusive.


Chi Chiís Meat Filling

Here is a copycat recipe for Chi Chiís Meat Filling used in tacos and taquitos.
Green chile powder is considered to be sweeter than red chile powder.
Green chile powder is usually only available in larger Mexican markets or on line.
You could try
Green chile flakes can be ground into powder and used.           

Timm in Oregon

Chi Chiís Meat Filling Clone


1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 teaspoon green chile powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/8 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons water


Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat and then drain off the fat. 
Use a spatula or large spoon to crumble the beef into small pieces as it cooks. 
To the drained meat, add the chili powder, salt, dried onion, paprika and water. 
Simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.

Particular Caramel Dip

-----Original Message----- 
From: Marjorie 
Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2011 7:04 PM
Subject: Hot caramel dip for apple slices

For a number of years, I have been searching for a caramel dip for apple 
slices that was a favorite of my children.  It appeared in a craft magazine 
in the 70s or 80s. It had butter, brown sugar, evaporated milk with NO cream 
cheese. It was unique because the final step involved adding baking soda or 
perhaps vinegar. I want SO much to find this again. All of my google 
searches have turned up nothing.

Hello Marjorie,

Sorry, no success.


Britling's Cafeteria Battered Fish

From: Donna
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 6:12 AM
Subject: Britling Cafeteria Recipe

I have found that this restaurant chain was part of a "family" of restaurants that included the Blue Boar, 
one of which may still be open in Louisville, KY.

Anyway, back in the day, 50 and 60's in Memphis, it was Britling's and I am looking for a battered fish recipe 
that had a fairly thick and crunchy crust. May have been cod.  Anyway, it was wonderful and I ate it every time 
I went to this restaurant.

I would love to have this recipe. 

Thanks for any help you can give me on this.


Hi Donna,

Sorry, no luck with a battered fish recipe from either cafeteria. The only fish recipe that I can find from either is a salmon croquette recipe from Blue Boar.


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