Wednesdays Unplugged – Mom’s Apple Rum Dum

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It’s my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian ‘Quote Cup’ passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, along with an update and photos of what has been going on in our lives. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!

The holiday season is here, and although I haven’t been out to enjoy it yet John has been has been loving being a costumed greeter for Guthrie Theater’s Christmas Carol. As our daughter was cleaning out at her house she found the last remnants of her extensive Santa Bear collection, which she started collecting in 1984… Wizard and Princess from 1999 still in great condition. The highlight of our lefse bake gathering after Thanksgiving for our granddaughter wasn’t the lefse… it was this Santa Bear pair she got from her Auntie Nissa!!


I have been nursing a cracked hip these last couple weeks so haven’t been able to hang around the kitchen cooking. Yesterday I was given permission to start putting some weight on the injured leg so have started thinking about cooking again. When I got a recipe for an apple brownie dessert in my inbox it made me think of my mother’s all-time favorite dessert that I associate with Christmas… Apple Rum Dum. I would guess many people would add a couple teaspoons of rum to the sauce but my mother’s sauce was a butterscotch caramel sauce, topped with whipped cream. I am going to have to make it soon… both for nostalgia and because my mouth is starting to water!



  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups diced apples
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cut chopped nuts, optional

Mix all ingredients in one bowl, in order. Bake in greased 9 x 9 inch pan in preheated 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes. Top with hot rich butterscotch sauce, whipped cream and/or ice cream.


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (a must)

Mix ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Serve hot over Apple Rum Dum.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – Email – Minneapolis Realtor who cooks


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