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Apple Dumplings


These are the world's best apple dumplings. Perhaps the most important thing about this great apple dumpling recipe is to get the dough right. After that the rest of the recipe is a piece of cake...make that easy apple dumpling. This recipe makes six of the best apple dumplings you've ever tasted.

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  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/8 (one eighth) Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 (one eighth) Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine
  • 2 Cups Enriched Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2/3 (two thirds) Cups Shortening
  • 1/2 (one half) Cup Milk
  • 6 Macintosh Apples (about 3 inch diameter)


Servings 6


Step 1

There's four things you have to do to prepare this easy apple dumpling recipe:

1. Prepare the sauce
2. Prepare the actual apple dumplings
3. Pour the sauce over the dumplings
4. Bake

We'll Start with the sauce:

Place the sugar, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small saucepan. Bring to boiling point.

Add butter or margarine and stir until melted.

Remove from heat and set aside.

Now for the Dumplings:

Preheat the oven to 375°

Lightly grease a 9" x 13" x 1½" baking dish.

Place flour, baking powder and salt in medium size bowl and mix it together with a fork.

Add the shortening to the bowl and cut in shortening.

Add milk to bowl all at once and use a fork to just moisten the mixture.

Place the apple dumpling dough mixture on a lightly floured pastry board. Roll the pastry out until it is large enough cut six 6-inch squares (one for each apple).

It's finally time to peel the apples! I peel them and cut them in half. I then cut out the core. I also think that cutting them in half helps insure the apple bakes thoroughly.

Place the apple on one of the 6-inch dough squares holding the two halves together.

Pour some sugar into the apple and then generously sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. I just about fill the center of the apple with the sugar.

Place a pat of butter on the top.

Take a little water and moisten the edges of the 6-inch dough square.

Fold the corners to the center of the top of the apple. Do you see now why you want smaller apples?

If you start to run a little low on dough doing the final apples you can always roll it out a bit more.

Pinch the dough together at the seams.

Try to place the apple dumplings in the baking dish about an inch apart if possible.

Pour the sauce we made earlier over the apple dumplings and then sprinkle them with sugar.

Place the baking dish in the oven preheated to 375° and bake for 35 minutes.

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