Big Apple Dumplings

This dumpling recipe was a winner in the Better Homes and Gardens October 1950 Cooks Round Table. The homemade pastry is worth the effort for this favorite dessert, and the fruit filling is super easy.

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Makes:
6 servings
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Big Apple Dumplings

Ingredients
2
cups water
1 1/4
cups sugar
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4
cup butter or margarine
1/2
teaspoon salt
2/3
cup shortening
1/3
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.

From the Test Kitchen

*

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 Facts

(Big Apple Dumplings)
    Per serving:
  • 722 kcal cal.,
  • 36 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 5 mg chol.,
  • 299 mg sodium,
  • 99 g carb.,
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 5 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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