Country-Style Pear Dumplings
Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens
For a colorful presentation, garnish these irresistible dessert dumplings with fresh mint leaves, fresh raspberries, and a twist of orange peel.
Prep Time: 40 mins
see savings2 tablespoonsfinely chopped pecans, almonds, or walnuts
see savings1 tablespoonbrown sugar
see savings1/4 teaspoonfinely shredded orange or lemon peel
see savingsdashground cinnamon
see savings2 smallpears
see savings1slightly beaten egg white
see savings1 tablespoonwater
see savingsGranulated sugar
see savingsHalf-and-half or light cream (optional)
Basic Pastry Dough
see savings1 1/4 cupsall-purpose flour
see savings1/4 teaspoonsalt
see savings1/3 cupshortening
see savings3 - 4 tablespoonswater
Prepare Basic Pastry Dough as directed. Cover 2 portions and set aside. Lightly grease an 8x8x2-inch baking dish. Set baking dish aside.
In a small bowl stir together the pecans, brown sugar, orange or lemon peel, and cinnamon. Set aside. Peel pears. Core the pears from the bottom, leaving the stems in place. Press half of the nut mixture into the center of each pear. Set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of pastry dough into a 7- to 8-inch square. Place a pear in the center of each square. Moisten the edges of the pastry with water. Bring the pastry up around the pear, pleating and pressing to seal around the stem. Roll the pastry back slightly to expose the stem. Place the wrapped pears in the prepared baking dish.
In a small bowl stir together the egg white and water. Brush egg white mixture over the wrapped pears. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake in a 375 degree F oven about 40 minutes or until the pears are tender and pastry is golden. Cover pears loosely with foil the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning. Serve warm. If desired, serve with half-and-half or light cream. Makes 2 dumplings.
Basic Pastry Dough
Basic Pastry Dough:
In a medium mixing bowl stir together all-purpose flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon water over part of the mixture, then gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat, using 1 tablespoon water at a time, until all dough is moistened. Divide into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball and flatten slightly. Use 2 of the portions for Country-Style pear Dumplings. (To store the remaining 2 portions of dough, seal portions of dough in moisture- and vapor-proof wrap, label, and freeze for up to 3 months. To use, let dough stand at room temperature about 1 hour or until thawed. Continue as directed in individual recipes.)