from “White House Cookbook: A Selection of Original Recipes During a Period of 40 years,” 1887 (recipe abbreviated)
Core, peel and slice six apples; toss with powdered sugar and water. Melt butter in sauce pan, saute apples for a few minutes until tender. Toast four slices of bread; butter if desired. Pour apple mixture over the top of toast; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve hot.