Grandma’s Apple Tarts are so delicious and remind me of grandma.
When I think of Grandma, I can’t help but think of apple tarts, tea cakes, and hoecakes. You can find the hoecake recipe here.
My Grandma’s Apple Tarts
Grandma Elrod is my mom’s mother. She passed away when I was 18. It was my first experience of losing someone that I dearly loved and it was difficult to say goodbye.
I’m so glad that I have so many fond memories to look back on and draw upon and that I will see her again one day!
Grandma suffered a stroke when I was just a wee toddler. Medical Science has come a long way in treating stroke victims since those days.
My grandma was bedridden throughout my entire childhood and right up until she passed away. I do remember her being in a wheelchair a few times during the early days.
Looking back, I never heard her complain or gripe about not being able to walk. And that’s the only way I had ever really known her, so it was natural to me.
Out of necessity, grandma had a housekeeper/cook. Grandma’s housekeeper was a sweet little old lady named Annie. Of course, when I was little, anyone over 30 was considered old!
We adored Annie and she was part of the family. That woman could cook! My favorites of Annie’s was apple tarts and tea cakes – just like Grandma used to make!
I remember it just like it was yesterday, running into the kitchen, telling Annie hello and grabbing an apple tart or a tea cake. Her apple tarts (some people call them turnovers or hand pies) were not made from canned biscuits (not that there is anything wrong with that). Those were the real deal – from scratch. If I close my eyes, I can almost taste them.
I wish I had the original recipes. I do remember the basic ingredients so I scoured my recipe books and magazines to try and find a recipe that most resembled Grandma’s and Annie’s.
Grandma’s Recipe for Apple Tarts
When I had just about given up on finding the apple tart recipe, the one made with dried apples, I received my September Southern Living magazine in the mail.
On my first thumb-through, as I was about to close the magazine, I found Grandma’s recipe hiding out in the very back. I didn’t realize they knew my grandma! 🙂 It may not be the exact recipe, but it’s close enough. They tasted just like the ones I remember. And that’s all that matters.
Note: Don’t be afraid of the homemade crust. I say that because I used to be intimidated by the thought of making my own pie crust. But these turned over perfectly!
And her Tea Cakes Recipe
The tea cakes were a whole different story. I had to try out several before I found the ones that tasted like Annie’s. And where did I find the recipe? At Southern Plate, of course!
This post has taken me back to the simpler days of my childhood, including weekend fish fries at grandma’s, along with all the aunts, uncles and cousins, and all the Chinaberry fights between the boy and girl cousins! I think I’ll have a tea cake, a cup of decaf and reminisce for a few more moments . . .
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