Katy B.’s fruit torte

Katherine White Burling was my maternal grandmother, and this recipe is attributed to her. I still have the small three ring binder that my mother gave me when I was in high school, explaining that my sister and I had to do some of the cooking. We told her what we wanted to make and she would write the recipe in our book and help us. I wrote this recipe out in the 1970s.

preheat the oven to 350 F

cream: 1 C sugar
1/2 C butter

while the butter is softening enough to cream, cut up fruit: apples, pears, peaches, rhubarb, or use berries…

Add to the creamed butter:
1 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs

Spread in in a buttered, floured pan. Cover with chopped fruit: apples, pears, peaches. This one was local plums and blueberries.

Sprinkle with sugar and lemon juice
Dot with butter on top.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on your oven.
Cook until browned a little in the part that rises around the fruit, and when a toothpick comes out clean.

I am submitting this to today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt: Kaleidoscope, because the torte reminds me of a kaleidoscope.

8 thoughts on “Katy B.’s fruit torte

  1. sgeoil says:

    What a treasure to have! There’s something special about having the recipes in our loved ones handwriting and covered in all the stains .It takes one back to the kitchen and the family gatherings.

  2. I’m in love with the photos of the cookbook. My grandmother was a good cook/baker and when we were cleaning out her house I took her recipe box. I never did anything with them but it felt good to have them and they inspired me to write a story about them which I never finished. And now, years later, you’ve inspired me to go back and maybe try and finish it. Thank you! 🙂

  3. shoreacres says:

    This one looks like the Texas version of cobbler. I grew up in the midwest, where ‘cobbler’ involved a drop biscuit topping. I’ve never favored the Texas approach, because the cake-like part always seems too soggy, but I’m going to try this one, and see what happens.

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