Commitments to healthy living and nutritious eating are among the legacies of my parents and grandparents. For example, Grandfather Charles began each day with an early morning family swim. Grandmother Laura afterwards incorporated homemade breads, cheeses and fruits into family breakfasts with my mother. Grandfather August likewise practiced and passed on to my father the athletics which he learned from his ancestors' involvement in Turnverein gymnastics. Grandmother Rose afterwards sang arias while making the best, freshest and most attractive berry and fruit pies.
As a result, I became a kindergartener who swam as well as she jumped, ran, skipped and walked. Also, I began a lifelong preference for fresh, home-grown fruits and vegetables. But exception was made for homemade breads, pasta and pastries.
Fortunately for me, my mother and grandmothers considered apple cake a dessert made of fresh apples. But they also knew that busy lifestyles sometimes demand quick culinary fixes. This easy-to-follow recipe therefore makes up an apple cake "on the run" by dumping into a pan and baking canned pie filling together with other cake-yielding ingredients.
The list of ingredients is adjusted to include store-bought pie filling even though home-canned pie filling is what my grandmothers excelled at.