Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

So, requests have been made for recipes of the deserts that I have shown here.  To tell you the truth I never even thought about posting them despite the fact that all of my neighbors who have gotten some of these goodies have requested the recipes.  

So, to start, is the fruit crumble.  I got the basic recipe for this from the A Family Cookbook by the First Presbyterian Church of Ackley, Iowa.  This is the church that I grew-up in and the recipes were contributed by the members of the church.  It works with pretty much any seasonal fruit that you have laying around…


Fruit Crumble

Mix until crumbly:

1 C. Flour (I usually use 1/2 white flour and 1/2 stone ground whole wheat flour from the local watermill.  I tried it with a full cup of the whole wheat and it wouldn’t “set” right)

3/4 C. Uncooked Oatmeal (though I usually use a 1 C. measuring cup and just don’t fill it quite to the top as I like it really crumbly)

1 C. Packed Brown Sugar

1/2 C. Melted Butter

1 tsp. Cinnamon

Press 1/2 of crumble mixture in a 9″x9″ pan.  Add 4 C. of fruit (can be either fresh or frozen).  Cover with this boiled mixture:

1 C. Sugar

1 C. Water

2 T. Cornstarch or Flour

1 tsp. Vanilla

Put the other 1/2 of crumble mix on top.  Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another one that I tend to make and are a crowd pleaser are my banana bars.


Banana Bars

3 C. Flour

2 C. Sugar

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 Pinch of Salt

1 C. Margarine

4 eggs

2 Mashed Ripe Bananas

2/3 C. Milk

2 tsp. Lemon Juice

Cream together dry ingredients with margarine and eggs.  Mix in bananas and milk.  Add lemon juice last.  Pour into a 12″X 20″ baking pan (two 9″X13″ pans should work as well) and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown and it is cooked through entirely.

Banana Frosting

2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

4 T. Margarine

4 C. Powdered Sugar

1 Ripe Banana, mashed

Mix all ingredients together until proper consistency.


And last but not least, I found a recipe for English Sticky Toffee.  It’s on-line, so I’m just going to post the link.  However, I will tell you, it’s not as dificult as it seems (hint: I didn’t do any sifting at all!)

English Sticky Toffee Recipe

So, I think that I’ve given y’all enough for a good sized sugar coma!  Have fun!

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