Super Apple Dumplings
Cuisine: American
Author: Kitchens
Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Apple dumplings are an ancient recipe, refined in the kitchens of Hampton Court Palace during the reign of Henry VIII. Pilgrims took the recipe with them to America, wrapping local fruit in pastry for cooking.
  • 2 Cups water
  • 1-1/4 Cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 Cup shortening
  • 1/3 to 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
  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. 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.
  5. Moisten edges of each pastry square with water; fold corners to center over apple. Pinch to seal.
  6. Place dumplings in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Pour sauce over dumplings.
  7. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 35 minutes or until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown.
  8. 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.
Source: <i>Better Homes and Gardens</i>
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