Cooking with Nutmeg Family Recipes! and Fun Facts

Mama Hetzer's Nutmeg Crumb Topping:  1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon butter, (melted), 1/8 tsp salt.  Sprinkle generously over veggies.

Mama Hetzer's Nutmeg Corn Oysters:  1 cup bacon fat, 1 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 2 eggs, beaten, 1 can whole kernel corn, heat oil, mix other ingredients together, spoon into hot oil until crisp.

Benny's Amazing Apple Pie:

Pastry for 2 crusts (either hand made or bought)
8 cups sliced, peeled assorted baking apples - about 3 lbs.  (From experience best apples for pies are: Haralson, Granny smith, Cortland, Golden Delicious, or Zestar).
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 Tablespoons butter 
1 egg yolk
1 Tablespoon milk
1. In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with lemon juice.
2. Combine sugars, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; add to apples and toss well to coat.
3. Fill pastry lined 9 inch pie pan with apple mixture. Dot with butter.
4. Place second crust on top of pie filling, cut slits in top of crust to vent. Seal the edges of the crust with a fork or by hand.
5. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk and milk. Brush mixture over top crust.
6. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes.
7. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 40-45 minutes more or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly

Note: I have had six years baking experience working at my local apple orchard. I have used an abundance of recipes while baking at home and this recipe always turns out the best. Always avoid recipes involving tapioca . Tapioca pies are never good. This recipe has been in my recipe box for years, but is also available on the internet at several other sites. To learn more about apples, click here.

Benny's Soothing Tea: Bring choice of tea to desired temperature and pour into drinking container of choice. Add 1-1.5 tablespoons of ground nutmeg and stir well. The nutmeg should enhance the flavor of the tea. Most recommended tea types: Sleepytime, Green, Green mango, Black, or any herbal teas. To learn more about tea plants, click here.


Interesting facts:

  • Nutmeg will keep its flavor indefinitely, but when ground up will quickly lose its pungent taste.
  • Between 10,000 and 12,000 tons of nutmeg are produced each year!
  • Nutmeg injected in an IV will kill you.
  • Connecticut is sometimes known as the "Nutmeg State" because gullible housewives were often victim to venders selling fake nutmegs.
  • Nutmeg is sometimes considered a narcotic due to purposeful ingestion with the intent to get high.

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