If you’re like me, cooking can give you a martyr complex faster than anything else, especially if you count up the hours you spend in the kitchen each week. At the same time, preparing meals is a tangible way of blessing your family and friends. Whether you heat up a frozen pizza or cook up some comfort food, you’re serving up love on a plate. Cooking is a ministry, even though we rarely see it that way.
Last week God gave me a little nudge about going the extra mile in the kitchen from time to time. Simple gestures can make meals more memorable: lighting a candle, fixing someone’s favorite meal, or making dessert for no reason at all, just to bless my family. Nothing puts a smile on their faces like finding out we have dessert and company’s not even coming.
Swedish apple pie an easy dessert that’s do-able on week nights. It’s like an apple cobbler, and my family loves it. If you don’t have time to make dessert AND dinner on the same night, make it on a night you’re having frozen pizza! Your kids won’t care, believe me.
Swedish Apple Pie
6-7 large apples peeled and chopped
1/3 – ½ cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like things)
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 cup flour
¾ cup sugar
½ cup softened butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 Mix the apples with the sugar and cinnamon and put in a 9” deep pie dish. Mix the remaining ingredients. The dough will be fairly thick. Drop it by the spoonful over the apples, and it will spread out while baking.
Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let it cool for at least a half an hour before serving. Enjoy!