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Apple Dumplings Recipe

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Melanie Henry


2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
cup Crisco
cup milk, ice cold

4 to 6 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into eighths
Nutmeg, freshly grated

3 cups sugar
teaspoon cinnamon
teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups hot water
⅜ cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 375
Spray 9" X 13" pan with Pam
Bake 35 to 45 minutes, until brown and bubbling

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Gradually add milk, stirring to make a soft dough.
Roll dough into a ⅛" thick rectangle on a lightly floured piece of waxed or parchment paper.
Cut into 5" squares.

Place 3 to 4 pieces of apple on each square; sprinkle each with cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg; dot with butter.
Moisten edges of each dumpling with water; bring corners to center, pinching edges to seal.

Place dumplings 1 inch apart in the prepared pan.

Combine 3 cups sugar, teaspoon cinnamon, teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, 3 cups hot water, and ⅜ cup melted butter; stir to dissolve sugar.

Pour syrup over the dumplings. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot, with cream, if desired.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
10 to 12
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
45 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
My dumpling prowess has declined steeply through the years. It was Jeff's favorite dessert and may be again if I figure out how to fix the problem, which seems doubtful since I have no idea what it is.

I first baked these apple dumplings in our first apartment, at 1328 W Shepherd, in Denison, TX, for my daddy's birthday. He told me that they reminded him very much of those his mother baked when he was a child, except that his mother served them with heavy cream (not whipped).




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