Big Apple Dumplings

This dumpling recipe was a winner in the Better Homes and Gardens October 1950 Cook's Round Table. The recipe has been asked for again and again. The taste panelists says: "They are mouthwatering." Despite the recipe name, use small cooking apples. The homemade pastry is worth the effort for this favorite dessert and the fruit filling is super easy.


Big Apple Dumplings

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Ingredients
  • 2   cups 
    water
  • 1 1/4  cups 
    sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon 
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/4  cup 
    butter or margarine
  • 2   cups 
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  teaspoon 
    salt
  • 2/3  cup 
    shortening
  • 1/3 - 1/2  cup 
    half-and-half, light cream, or whole milk
  • 2   tablespoons 
    chopped raisins or golden raisins
  • 2   tablespoons 
    chopped walnuts
  • 1   tablespoon 
    honey
  • 2   tablespoons 
    sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon 
    ground cinnamon
  • 6   
    small cooking apples (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1   tablespoon 
    butter or margarine
Directions
1.
For sauce, in a medium saucepan combine the water, the 1-1/4 cups sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add the 1/4 cup butter or margarine. Set aside.
2.
Meanwhile, for pastry, combine the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the half-and-half, light cream, or milk over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat moistening dough, using 1 tablespoon of the cream or milk at a time, until all of the dough is moistened. Form dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to an 18x12-inch rectangle.* Using a pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut into six 6-inch squares.
3.
In a small mixing bowl combine the raisins, walnuts, and honey. In another small bowl stir together the 2 tablespoons sugar and the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside.
4.
Peel and core the apples. Place an apple on each pastry square. Fill centers of apples with raisin mixture. Sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mixture; dot with the 1 tablespoon butter or margarine. Moisten edges of each pastry square with water; fold corners to center over apple. Pinch to seal. Place dumplings in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Pour sauce over dumplings. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 35 minutes or until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown. To serve, spoon sauce over dumplings. Makes 6 servings.
Note
  • * If desired, roll pastry slightly larger and use excess pastry to make pastry leaves for garnish. Roll out pastry and cut into leaf shapes. Place on baking sheet. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 722, Fat, total (g) 36, chol. (mg) 5, sat. fat (g) 9, carb. (g) 99, fiber (g) 3, pro. (g) 5, sodium (mg) 299, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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