Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Farmer Boy Dinner

Last week, we finished reading the third book in the Little House on the Prairie series, Farmer Boy.  Ben and I both observed how much the book dealt with the food the family ate.  Each chapter included some thing they grew, harvested, preserved or ate.  Stark contrast to the life of Laura and her family, Almanzo (Laura's husband) grew up on a farm with plenty of resources.
For dinner, we had sausage, sweet potatoes, cooked carrots and apple turnovers.  We eat dinner at 5, when the sun was still shining brightly, so we got ready for bed, brushed our teeth and got tucked in by candlelight to experience pioneer farm life.

Apple Turnovers
pie crust (recipe in cook book, but after multiple attempts I dug a pie crust out of the freezer stash, Mama Ingalls, I am not)
2 large Granny Smith apples
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon or nutmeg
2 tsp butter
6 tsp powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel, core and dice the apples.  Mix them in a 2 qt bowl with brown sugar and spice.  Set aside to chill.
Roll the dough ball to a rectangle and cut three 5 inch squares.  Using a fork so the the juice stays in the bowl, place about 3 T. of apples in the center of each pastry.  Wet the sides of the pastry and fold over to enclose the pastry into a triangle.  I pulled our pastry edges up to the center.
Cook turnovers on a buttered baking sheet to golden brown about 20-25 minutes.  Recipe from the Little House on the Prairie cookbook.

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