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Mom's Apple Dumplings

 Mom's Apple Dumplings
“My mother and her twin sister used to make these dumplings together when they were younger,” writes Gina Hill of Ottawa, Kansas. “Now my mom and I make them for many special family occasions.
6 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 to 6 drops red food coloring, optional
  • DUMPLINGS:
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 6 small tart apples, peeled and cored
  • 4 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • For syrup, in a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar, cinnamon and
  • nutmeg to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; add
  • butter and food coloring if desired. Stir until butter is melted;
  • set aside.
  • For dumplings, in a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and

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Directions (continued)

  • salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add milk, tossing
  • with a fork until dough forms a ball.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into an 18-in. x 12-in.
  • rectangle. Cut into six squares. Place an apple in the center of
  • each square.
  • Combine 2 teaspoons sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; sprinkle over apples.
  • Dot with butter. Bring up corners of pastry to center; pinch edges
  • to seal.
  • Place in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Pour syrup over
  • dumplings; sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  • Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and
  • apples are tender. Serve warm with cream. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 dumpling with 1/4 cup syrup and 2 tablespoons cream equals 810 calories, 43 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 642 mg sodium, 102 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.