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Do you ever remember your grandmother making pie squares? If you do, this recipe is sure to take you back in time. If not, start a new (old) tradition at your house. Make this deep dish apple pie in a 13 x 9-inch cake pan and serve pie squares. This is an old family recipe handed down through the generations. Try it; you’ll like it. Pastry, Granny Smith apples, sugar, cinnamon; is your mouth watering yet? Use your favorite pastry recipe or try the Hot Water Pie Crust recipe below.


An old family handed down recipe.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Pastry for 10-inch two crust pie. See the hot water pie crust recipe below or use your favorite recipe.

Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with pie crust dough trimming to 1/2-inch overhang. Set aside.


1 1/4 cups sugar
6 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
12 cups thinly sliced, peeled Granny Smith apples
1/2 stick butter


1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

To prepare filling: Combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Put apples in a large bowl and pour the sugar mixture over the apples; toss well to mix. Layer half the apple mixture over the dough in the baking pan. Dot apples with half the butter. Top butter with the other half of the apple mixture and dot with remaining butter. Top with another sheet of pie dough. Crimp edges of the two pastry sheets to seal. Cut some small slits for air to escape during baking.

To prepare topping: Brush the pastry top with the milk. Combine the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture over the milk.

Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake another 35 to 40 minutes until bubbly and browned.

Note: May be made in a 10-inch deep dish pie pan if you wish the conventional shaped pie.


An old Indiana recipe.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup lard (softened to room temperature)
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients together with a spoon. Rut into refrigerator until cool. Roll out to make 3 single pie crusts. May be kept in freezer until needed.

Note: If you no longer use lard, this can be made with an equal amount of shortening.


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Decorating a bathroom can be a long, hard experience. You want to make sure every detail of your room matches, including your shower curtain. The good news is they make novelty curtains that match any decor. So, no matter how you decide to decorate your bathroom, you are sure to find the perfect shower curtain.

Novelty curtains come in many different colors and designs. There are literally endless choices when it comes to the patterns and colors that are available to select from. The best way to pick your curtain is to first decorate your bathroom, then decide what shower curtain would match best. When you do this, you will make sure your shower curtain matches everything else you buy in the room, and you will also make sure that you get everything right the first time around, avoiding having to return stuff later.

There are many novelty shower curtains that have themes such as cartoon characters, tropical themes, or ocean themes. If you are designing a bathroom for children, characters are always a great option. Pick out your kid’s favorite character then design the bathroom around that character or show. Ocean and tropical themes are perfect for the bathroom, because of the water theme. You should easily be able to find many accessories that will match these themes, that will be perfect for your room.

You can find bath curtains that reflect almost any theme that you can think of. If for some reason you can’t find the novelty one that you are looking for, you can get plain colored bath curtains and decorate them yourself. In this way, you can make it as unique and creative as you are.

When you are decorating your bathroom you want to pick things that you will like for a long time. You don’t want to pick overly trendy items, that you will be sick of in a month. When you choose a shower curtain this gives you the chance to go wild. Shower curtains are easy and inexpensive to change, so if you get tired of the one you pick you can just change it. You can really go wild with your choices because they don’t need to be long term ones. You can change the curtains regularly, perhaps with every season, or with Christmas for example. This keeps things fresh and makes sure your bathroom is a topic of conversation for any guest that comes over.

Novelty curtains give you the perfect opportunity to show your personality. If your bath curtain doesn’t exactly match your room’s theme it’s okay as long as you love it. If your bathroom is more grown up, you can add a fun touch by having a novelty shower curtain. Have fun decorating and be sure to pick out a fun novelty bath curtain.

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For Gateau

115 grams Flour
pinch of Salt
115 grams Butter
8 Eggs
340 grams Castor Sugar
4 drops Vanilla Essence
450 grams Chestnuts (cooked and sieved)
425 millilitres Double Cream
115 grams Dessert Chocolate (finely chopped)
2 tablespoons Water
1 dessertspoon Castor Sugar
6 tablespoons Orange Jelly Marmalade

For Chocolate Glace Icing

170 grams Plain Block Chocolate (finely chopped)
8 tablespoons Stock Syrup
450 grams Icing Sugar (finely sieved)
1 teaspoon Salad Oil
3 drops Vanilla Essence

You will also need three 20-centimetre diameter sandwich tins.


For the Gateau

Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
Grease the sandwich tins.
Place a circle of greaseproof paper in the bottom of each tin and grease this as well.
Sieve sufficient flour and sugar together and then dust the tins with this.

Sift the flour with the salt.
Melt the butter over a very gentle heat.

Whisk the eggs.
Add the sugar and vanilla essence.
Continue whisking until the eggs and sugar form a ribbon on itself.
The eggs and sugar should be quite thick.
The trick to this is to do it by hand, in a bowl over a pan of hot water.
Fold in the chestnuts.
Fold in the sifted flour.
Mix in the melted butter.

Divide the mixture evenly into the prepared sandwich tins.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, you can prepare the fillings.

For the Filling

Whip the cream until really thick.
Divide the cream into two portions – 2/5 in one bowl and 3/5 in another bowl.

Melt the chocolate in the water and allow to cool.
Add this to the smaller portion of cream.
Add the sugar to the other bowl.

To Finish

Once the cakes have baked for 30 minutes, remove them from the oven and allow to cool.

When the cakes are properly cooled, take each one and carefully split it.
Cover the lower layer thinly with orange jelly marmalade.
Spread plain sweetened cream thinly onto the orange jelly marmalade.
Reshape the three cakes.

Now use the chocolate flavoured cream to sandwich these three cakes together.

For the Chocolate Glace Icing

Put the chocolate into a saucepan with the stock syrup.
Dissolve the chocolate over a gentle heat and once dissolved bring to just on boiling point.
Remove immediately from the heat and allow to cool.
Once cool, beat in the sugar one teaspoon at a time.
Mix in the oil and vanilla.
Heat the icing slightly and then pour it over the cake while warm.

Allow the icing to reach room temperature once more before serving.

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