Cold Weather Recipes: Try Apple Cake, Beer Bread, Graham Crackers and Waffles

Bake these hearth recipes for a warm treat during cold weather.
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
January/February 1979
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Nothing like warm homemade waffles! Make your own by following our waffle recipe.

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Esther Shuttleworth's Beer Bread Recipe

This cold weather recipe is as quick 'n' easy to make as it is tasty. Just mix 2 tablespoons of sugar into 3 cups of self-rising flour, and then add a 12 ounce bottle of beer (stir well whileyou mix in the brew, and only add about 4 ounces at a time). Pour the batter into three well-greased 3" X 6" pans (use two if you'd like thicker loaves), and "drizzle" 1/2 cup of melted butter over the top. (The butter should form a 1/ 8" – at least – layer over the dough.) Bake this bread for about 50 minutes at 350° F . . . and then just try to keep your family from eatin' it all as soon as it comes out of the oven! [MOTHER'S NOTE: One of my recipe taster/testers, Elaine Wolf, baked up a batch of Mrs. Shuttleworth's beer bread, and everybody who had a chance to chow down on the loaves found 'em delicious. Elaine suggests that you could substitute 1 tablespoon of honey for the 2 tablespoons of sugar . . . if you also decrease the amount of beer used by 1 tablespoon.]

Norma Morgan’s Graham Cracker Recipe

Homemade graham crackers are a warm treat! Simply cut together 4 cups of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of butter, then add 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup of honey (or 1/2 cup of hot water and 1 cup of sugar). Roll out the dough (to about 1/4" thick) on a floured board (unbleached white flour is good for this purpose). Then cut it into "cracker-sized" squares, and bake the little snacks for 15 to 20 minutes in a 350°F oven. Keep a close eye on 'em . . . 'cause the crackers brown up fast!

Colorado Waffles Recipe

Mmmm-MMM! Here's a "receipt" for hearty waffles from the Rocky Mountains. Start by separating 4 eggs. Beat the whites till they're stiff, set 'em aside, and mix the yolks into 2 cups of whole wheat flour. Add a sprinkle of raisins or sunflower seeds, and then mix in 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 cups (or maybe a little more) of water. Finally, fold in the egg whites, pour the batter into your waffle iron, and just watch everybody wake up for breakfast!

Fresh Apple Cake Recipe

Try this cake for a special cold weather dessert. Dice 4 cups of fresh apples (not too finely, now) and mix 'em up with 1 cup of honey. When the apple pieces are coated well, add 1/2 cup of oil, 1 cup of nuts (any kind you like ... except maybe peanuts), and 2 eggs. Then, mix in 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bake the cake at 350°F for an hour . . . or until it shrinks from the edge of the pan. When you taste it, you'll wish that you'd made more!

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