I’m a movie fanatic and I love the holiday season especially Thanksgiving due to the slew of classic movies that air on the tube. One of my absolute favorites is the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory. Not the recently updated version but the classic, with Gene Wilder. Such a great story, beautifully acted and filled with classic scenes that are burned into my memory. One that stands out is the all the grandparents sharing the bed. At our home even though we have plenty of bedrooms to go around we all seem to end up in bed together, just like Charlie’s family.
It’s the perfect movie for the Thanksgiving holiday, a family that sticks together through thick and thin, making every penny count and loving and nurturing each other.
The holiday season can be brutal. There never seems to be enough time do everything we need or want to do with family and friends. Then of course there is the meal, the feast. If that task falls on you I can feel your excitement and feel your pain!
I’m not about to tell to how to make your family’s meal. So many of the dishes you will be enjoying are no doubt family heirlooms passed down over generations – the way it should be. However I do though want to offer you a simple holiday treat. Something you can have out on the kitchen counter for all the hungry family and guests that I’m sure will be steaming in your door. These Apple Walnut Bars are delicious, economical and downright easy. They may not be WonkaBars but I’m sure Charlie and his family would enjoy them all snuggled up in their bed!
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
in egg. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon;
gradually add to the creamed mixture, just until combined. Stir in
apple and walnuts.
Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for
35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Yield: 16 servings.