It's not just potluck anymore…

This week we served a fairly small crowd of 410 with our “Diner Special” menu of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, a carrot/green bean/corn medley, salad, yeast rolls and an apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.

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The apple crisp had 2 secret ingredients: a little rhubarb from a couple of Calvary members’ gardens, and Heath Toffee Bits for a little extra crunch in the topping.

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Apple Toffee Crisp

40 servings per 12x20x2 pan. Make 13 times for 520 servings. We use full size disposable foil pans.

20 cups peeled and sliced Apples, either canned, frozen or fresh (We use frozen, peeled sliced apples from Sysco, 30#/case)   Total for 13 pans is 260 cups, which is about equal to 4 30# cases.

(If you happen to have any fresh rhubarb, just throw in several cups in every pan)

If apples are frozen, bake apples first for 30 minutes at 350*.  When thawed, add the sugar, flour and butter. For each pan, toss 20 cups of apples with 1 ½ cups sugar and ½ cup flour, coating apples evenly. Spread in bottom of greased baking pan. Dot with ¼# cut up butter.

Crumble topping over the apples. Bake at 350* for 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned and apples are tender. Serve warm with ice cream.

Oatmeal Topping

Ingredients are listed for 1 pan, followed by the total amount for 13 pans in parentheses

Whisk together:

2 cups flour     (26 cups flour)

1 tsp cinnamon   (13 tsp cinnamon)

½ tsp baking powder   (6 ½ tsp)

½ tsp baking soda   (6 ½ tsp)

½ tsp salt   (6 ½ tsp)

Stir in:

1 cup sugar     (13 cups sugar)

16 oz toffee bits     (13# toffee bits)

2 cups uncooked rolled oats   (26 cups oats)

Melt ½# butter (Total 6 ½#)  and add to oat mixture, mixing until crumbs are formed. Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples.

I’ve had a request to publish the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that we made 2 weeks ago.  Once again, those delicious toffee bits!  my_collage_by_Fuzel (1)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 17 1/2 dozen cookies = 210 small cookies using purple disher, leveled off

4 cups brown sugar

4 cups sugar

2 cups (1#) butter

2 cups (1#) margarine

8 eggs

4 tsp vanilla

4 tsp baking powder

4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp salt

8 cups flour

10 cups oats (either old-fashioned or quick-cooking)

24 oz semisweet chocolate chips

20 oz toffee bits

1 cup coconut

1 cup dried cherries

Heat oven to 375* convection.

Cream sugars and butter/margarine. Add eggs and mix well, add vanilla.

In separate bowl, stir together baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour. Add to sugar mixture and mix well. Add rest of ingredients and mix well.

Drop by spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 6-7 minutes, just until slightly golden. Allow to cool slightly then remove to cooling rack.

These smiling faces remind us why we do this every week…

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  FOOD…FAMILY…FRIENDS…FUN…FAITH

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