Once the weather starts to turn cool, there is nothing that I like better than something made of fresh apples from one of our local orchards. If is has butter, sugar and flour, I’ll probably like it even more! Using apples that are meant for baking will create a better dumpling as they tend to soften quicker. Consider using Cortland, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith or other apples known to be better for baking.
Apple dumplings are a great alternative to making an entire apple pie. You can edit the recipe to do as many or as few apples as you would like. Top a warm dumpling with cinnamon ice cream for a few extra calories!
Apple Dumplings – Ladies of Whips Cove ChurchDumpling 5-6 medium apples (peeled and cored) 2 cups flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup shortening 1/2 cup milk Sauce 2 cups brown sugar 2 cups water 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 cup butter 1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. Cut in shortening until crumbs are size of small peas.
4. Pour milk over flour mixture by the tablespoon until dough is completely moisten and you can form it into a ball. Do not handle more than necessary.
5. Place dough to cool in fridge for at least one hour (or freezer for 30 minutes)
6. Roll dough as for pastry, approximately 1/3 inch thick and cut into 6 squares.
7. Place an apple on each square and fold pastry to surround apple. You can also cut the apples in half and wrap in pastry for smaller dumplings.
8. Place in a casserole dish. Depending on the size of your apples, use a 9×9 pan. If your apples are larger, use a 9×13 cake pan. You will need to have room for all the sauce.
9. Combine brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a saucepan.
10. Boil for 5 minutes then remove from heat. Don’t worry, it will be runny at this point.
11. Add butter and stir.
12. Pour sauce over dumplings.
13. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, brush pastry with sauce twice during baking. You can also use a turkey baster for this step.