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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Homemade Apple Dumplings Recipe

Every fall I look forward to going to our local apple orchard and getting some fresh apples so that I can make some homemade apple dumplings. I will spend 3-4 hours baking 3 or 4 batches of dumplings so that we can freeze some for winter.

Freezing Tip: You can freeze your completely baked apple dumplings by individually wrapping each one in plastic wrap and then place 4 to 6 dumplings in a zipper close bag. However, I prefer to wrap each dumpling in plastic wrap and freeze them in my Tupperware freezer containers.

Apple Dumplings Recipe

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups water
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable shortening (not oil)
1/2 cup cold milk
6 to 7 small apples or 4 to 5 large apples
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Wash, peel and core your apples. I like to slice my apples into wedges, just like if I was making a homemade pie. Place into a large mixing bowl and set aside.

How to make the syrup: In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in 2 cups of water and bring the mixture to a boil stirring often. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until it has started to thicken. Remove from the heat and stir in the softened butter. Set syrup aside.

How to make dumpling dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Once combined, cut in the vegetable shortening until your mixture becomes crumbly. Slowly stir in the cold milk until the dough is completely moistened. Using your hands, form the dough into a large ball. Roll out the dough on a floured dough board until it becomes a large rectangle. Once it is rolled out, cut dough into 6 to 8 squares.

How to make the apple filling: Add 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the slice apples. Gently stir by hand until they are well coated with the sugar mixture.

You will want to split of your filling according to how many dough squares you rolled out. In my case, I separate it into 6 to 7 portions. Place one portion on the center of one of your dough squares and dot the top with a pat of butter. Moisten the edges of your dough and fold corners up to enclose your filling inside the dough.

Lightly spray a large rectangular baking dish with some nonstick cooking spray. Place your finished dumplings inside the baking dish. Using a ladle, spoon the syrup on top of all of the dumplings.

Place in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until they are done.

3 comments:

LeAnne said...

Hey girl! I haven't visited your blog in a long time--shame on me! We were just talking the other night about apple dumplings...yum, I think I would like to try these!!! I didn't know how to do the syrup--the best part! Thanks for the recipe!
LeAnne

Maxine Levine said...

I have some frozen apple dumplings. Should I defrost before cooking or can I cook frozen? At what temp? and for how long?

Thanks, Love your web site.

Shelly said...

Maxine,

I always defrost mine for 4 to 5 mins in my microwave on the defrost setting before I reheat them.