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Since the 1960s, baseball teams and players have been publishing cookbooks. I collect them and try out some of the recipes that major leaguers have shared with their fans over the years. Photos, recipes and comments included.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Apple Brownies, Easy! - Carlton Fisk (Catcher)

1 stick of margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 small apples (chopped)
1 cup of flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
Cream margarine and sugar.  Beat egg.  Mix in sugar mixture.  Add nuts and apples.  Mix flour and spices.  Beat into egg mixture.  Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes in greased 8" square pan.  Cut when cool. 

Here he is - the Commander - with the first of his three baked goods recipes in the 1983 Chicago White Sox cookbook.   
Carlton Fisk signed with the White Sox in 1981, the first big splash signing by new owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn.  Fisk followed the big splash with a big blast - homering against the Boston Red Sox in his debut game with Chicago.
Fisk had a solid season in 1983, hitting .289 with 26 HRs and 86 RBIs.  He'd go on to set records for most games caught and most home runs by a catcher, ending his storied career a decade later.
Fisk was a natural leader on the field and in the clubhouse.  As the name of this recipe implies, he was always there with a word of encouragement - or chastisement.
Apple brownies, it's easy!  True to Fisk's word, this is a very easy recipe.  So much so that it doesn't even mention what kinds of nuts to use or how many.  He just assumed you'd know something like that, ya belly itchin' rookie!  I went with a handful of chopped walnuts.
Fisk was known as a slow game-caller behind the plate, but these tasty brownies took no time at all. 
FINAL SCORE - Quick, and... easy!

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