WOO HOO...two in a row! Linda, aren't you proud??
If you have no idea what I'm talking about: Linda over at 2nd cup of coffee has brilliantly started a blogging carnival for every Monday during the fall season. Go check her out at the end of this post!
So for today, I am going to share my favorite recipe for Apple Dumplings. Or as we say here in the South: Apple Dumplins.
Allow me to precede this exceptional recipe with one statement:
These are the best apple-anythings I ever tasted in my life. Ever. Bar none. The best.
Can I be more clear? Excuse me while I wipe my salivation. That's a nice word for drool. It would be shame to short-circuit my keyboard on my beloved laptop computer.
I suppose it's possible that they wouldn't have been as big of a deal to me had I had them before I made these. But as these were my first experience of Apple Dumplins, they are deemed The Best by me and all my household.
Okay, enough with the blabbering. But really, they're good. REALLY.
2 to 2-1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. shortening
1/2 c. milk
4 to 6 Granny Smith or other cooking apples, cored, peeled, and sliced (I actually chop them in bite size pieces)
approx. 1/2 c. sugar, for sprinkling apples
butter, cut in small pieces
2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 c. hot water
1/4 c. butter, melted
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening (I used my hands) until mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually add milk, stirring to make a soft dough. Roll dough into a 1/8" thick rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 5-inch squares.
Place 3 to 4 apple slices on each square. Sprinkle each with 2 tsp. of sugar, a sprinkling of cinnamon and of nutmeg, and dot with butter. Moisten edges of each dumpling with water; bring corners to center, pinching edges to seal.
Place dumplins 1 inch apart in a lightly greased shallow baking dish (must have sides!).
Combine 2 cups sugar, 1/4 tsp. each cinnamon and nutmeg, 2 cups hot water, and melted butter. Stir to dissolve sugar. Pour syrup over dumplins. (It will look watery...don't be alarmed!)
Bake at 375 for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve with syrup spooned over and vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.
And believe me, you desire.