I’m thrilled and grateful to bring you a guest blog post by everyone’s favorite Southern Plater, Bill Gent. I first “met” Bill not long after I started Southern Plate and we took up like peas and carrots right from the start (I’m the cute little pea and he calls me sis!). He’s just another dear friend I have made as a result of getting to know all of y’all and yet another reason I am grateful to you for all of the wonderful things in my life. As I run around like a chicken with it’s head cut off getting ready for school field trips and speaking engagements this week, Bill graciously agreed to write a blog post for ya. Thank you, Bill! I love ya, brother! (If you’d like to hear Bill sing, check out the end of my Lemon Bar Video where he called in!) Gratefully, Christy.
Why hello there my fellow Southern Plate friends! So good to see you today! I have enjoyed Southern Plate since Christy started it two years ago…well.. I was there pretty soon after…and she’s regretted it ever since. I love Christy’s recipes for the same reasons you do, they are simple, inexpensive and delicious! The stories about Christy’s family are wonderful to read and her story making abilities make you feel like you were there along with her while she was growing up. There are so many of you I’ve enjoyed meeting because of Southern Plate and I’m glad to call you my friends. Feel free to visit me over at my blog.
Since Christy has regaled us with so many stories about her family, I want to share a little about my mine. About the only claim to fame I can muster up is that my maternal grandmother married a man 35 years younger than her, 20 years after my grandfather passed away. “Nanny” as we called her, married him back in the late 70’s. My mother and her siblings were not real happy about it at the time since “new hubby” was at least 10 years younger than they were. I remember my mother breaking down in tears upon hearing the news and it probably didn’t help that I kept asking my mother “so..are you gonna call him daddy?” Boy howdy I barely escaped with my life with that one..all three times I said it. I guess it didn’t help that I waited til she calmed down before I brought it up again. We grand kids thought it was funny as heck. It turned out very well. He was devoted to her and it was apparent they loved each other deeply. I am convinced that if she had not remarried, she would not have lived as long as she did. They stayed together until her death in 1996 at the age of 90.
Today, I want to bring you a recipe I was given at Church. Now church is a great place to eat. Ain’t nothing better than a covered dish supper that some of the senior citizen ladies have made. All that experience just waitin’ for you to dig in and savor. The recipe I got was a variation of Cream Cheese Squares. It’s about the same thing, only with apples poured over it. The best thing is that any fruit filling can be substituted.. Cherries, Peaches, Blackberries, YUM! It is to die for. Darn the calories, full speed ahead!
The ingredients you will need:
Oh wait.. that’s for changing the oil in my truck.. Dang, that coulda been nasty..
Here they are!
Now you can see that I have followed the directions of our fearless leader and bought store brands for some of it. I KNOW that the store brands are probably the very same as the name brands in an uglier package but since I haven’t used the store brand cream cheese, I didn’t want to chance it. I know Christy buys store brand vanilla and my only explanation is that I was in a hurry so I just grabbed it and ran. My local Walmart was getting busy and I wanted to get the heck out of there. I’m a guy, I hate shopping, even for food. I hate it I tell you. I want to play bumper cars with whoever is blocking the aisle while chatting on their cell phone and knock them into the display of soup cans..sigh.. but I don’t
The first thing you do is take the cream cheese out of the box and let it get to room temperature before you try to.. well.. cream it some more. If you have ever tried mixing cream cheese while it was still cold.. you know why it needs to warm up. You will wind up with calluses on your mixer or burn up your hands. Wait..reverse that last statement. Plus, once the beaters hit that cold cream cheese, it’s gonna hop on out of the bowl and take a little trip on the floor. Don’t ask me how I know that. They call it “a brick” of cream cheese for a reason.
Mix in a teaspoon of vanilla into the cheese mixture.
Do not add the vanilla to the sugar mixture, you will have very hard clumps that will break your teeth.
Next, measure out a cup and a half of sugar into a bowl and mix in a teaspoon of cinnamon. After the cinnamon and sugar are mixed, measure out a half a cup and set it aside for later. DON’T forget to set it aside, ya hear me?
Pour the remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture in with the cream cheese and mix it well.
Lay out one can of the crescent rolls in the bottom of a 9×11 pan.
The dough will be a little longer than the pan just leave it there and press it down or cut it off like I did and put it over a seam.
No biggie..no one will ever see it since it’s on the bottom.
Pour in the cream cheese and spread it evenly and pour the apple pie filling on top, also spreading it evenly.
Place the second can of crescent rolls on top.
Now here’s a dilemma, If you want the dough on top to look pretty, roll it out on some wax paper and push those seams together cause if you try to press it together when its on top of the apples, it ain’t gonna happen. Its gonna slide all over the place and frustrate you then you’ll start crying cause you’re having “one of those days” and you’ll take it out on your husband who will go into panic mode and desperately try to think of what he did wrong then say those words all men think are going to get them out of trouble.. “You look pretty tonight, babe“. He will still be wondering what he did when you throw the cat at him I, myself, do not care if my food is pretty lookin.. I’m a guy. I don’t make pretty. I don’t like cats being thrown at me. Did I tell you I hate shopping too?
Remember that ½ a cup of cinnamon sugar you set aside earlier? You DID do that didn’t you?
Ok.. Spread it evenly over the top of the dough.
Melt one stick of unsalted butter (yes, I said one whole stick, this ain’t weight watchers, people) in the microwave (try 30 seconds at a time or else it can bubble over) and pour over the top. Place the pan in a preheated oven at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes until it is brown and bubbalicious.
I normally sprinkle a bit more cinnamon over the top after I pour the butter over it but it’s just my preference.
This can be eaten hot or cold. The best way I’ve found is hot with a scoop or two of ice cream. This stuff is GOOOOOOOOOD! I have had marriage proposals from two women and it brought $150 dollars at a charity auction at one time. Sit back and bask in the compliments!
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