I was looking for a way to use up some apples when I found these brownies on  I was also intrigued by the use of the cast iron skillet.  These are wonderful – easy and delicious.


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups tart apple – peeled, cored & chopped
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 additional Tblsp. butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place a 9-inch cast iron skillet into the oven to preheat.

In a large bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, light brown sugar, eggs and vanilla.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Toss the apples and pecans in the flour mixture.  Stir this into the egg mixture until combined.  Add the vanilla and  1/2 cup melted butter, mixing well.

Remove the skillet from the oven (carefully – very hot) and place the one tablespoon of butter in it, swirling to coat the pan with butter.  Pour the batter into the hot pan and put back into the oven.

Bake until the sides are dry and a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownie comes out clean – approximately 35 minutes.

Cool in the skillet on a wire rack  for 20 minutes before slicing into wedges.

Servings:  6 to 8 

A low-key dessert, not too rich, but delicious.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.


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