Nana Recipe Wednesday–Kay’s Apple Dessert

by Sarah on April 30, 2014

Undercover Caterer :: Nana's Apple Dessert

You guys, this recipe is somewhat legendary in my family.  Except I had never had it.  Oh, I’d heard about it, this ‘Apple Dessert’ and it’s miraculous qualities. One obvious way to know it’s a family favorite is (as I’ve mentioned before) that there are multiple copies of the recipe in the bottomless recipe box I have in my possession.  My Auntie Anne has told me about it and my dad has also talked about it at some point or another.  But every time I ran across the recipe, I look at it, and I look at it’s three separate steps, and my lazy self drops it back into the box and I move on.

Undercover Caterer :: Nana's Apple Dessert

I was in San Jose visiting Anne and family, and one evening casually asked “What do you want for dessert”?  She whipped out that Apple Dessert recipe faster than my dog on a pound of chocolate.  I was stuck.  I offered, I had to make it.  Anne said that she probably hadn’t actually had this dessert since childhood, but that she had very fond memories of it.  She may have also said…..”I hope it’s as good as I thought it was back then”.

Yeah.  Me too.

Undercover Caterer :: Nana's Apple Dessert

Well, idiot that I am, I found out that this is not at all complicated and was actually quite easy to put together.  It involves a bunch of ingredients you might already have sitting in your house right now.  In fact, the only thing I needed at the store was some ice cream.

And guess what?  It was good!  Really good!  A keeper.  Auntie Anne thought so too.

Undercover Caterer :: Nana's Apple Dessert

Nana and Aunt Kay's Apple Dessert


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 diced medium apples (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350. Grease a half-sheet pan.
  • For apple dessert:
  • Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten egg and combine.
  • Sift in the flour, nutmeg, salt, cinnamon and baking soda and mix again.
  • Add the apples and nuts and mix. The batter will be stiff. Spread the batter into the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until evenly browned and set. Let cool.
  • For sauce:
  • Heat the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan for 3-4 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  • To serve:
  • Cut the apple dessert into large squares, top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and spoon over some of the hot sauce.

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