by Gary

2 c granulated sugar
1 c shortening
2 eggs
3 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
* tsp salt
4 c chopped cooking apples
1 c chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 deg.

Cream together sugar, shortening and eggs. Sift the dry ingredients and add to mixture. Add chopped apples and nuts Bake in a greased 9 x 13 pan and 45 minutes.

Variation: Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Optional sauce (use with powdered sugar):

* c packed brown sugar

* c granulated sugar

* c margarine

* c whipping cream

* tsp vanilla
Gary Blankenship is a retired federal managers whose new avocation is writing prose and poetry. His work has appeared on Writer's Hood, Clean Sheets, Electric Wine, and Sensitive Poetry. He won the ENE Dark Fantasy contest and his short story placed fourth in the Preditors & Editors 1999 Reader's Poll. He loves to talk about writing as much as write and to play writing games. He spends too much time in workshops.
Apples by Helen Paul is available at Art.com
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