Nov 10, 2008

Fall Into Flavor...Again!

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.

Apple Dumplins

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.


Elle said...

yummy yummy
I will be right over - looks good
I can almost smell them

Greg C said...

The icecream idea sounds great to me. Wow those look and sound great.

Merrie said...

Those look divine! I love apple anything and if these are the best I MUST try them! Thanks for sharing!

Esthermay said...

wow...between linda and now you, I'm surfing the FoodChannel with all the photos... This does look way too good for my kids. Perhaps I need to make this for DH and me after kiddo's are in bed. Yes? With vanilla ice cream AND whipped cream.... and chopped pecans.
THANK YOU for this one. :-)

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Ummm ... YUM!

Tiffanie said...

OK, now I'm drooling, or salivating or whatever you wanna call it... those sound so yummy!

A mock turkey/Christmas dinner in the summertime... sounds like delicious fun!

Have a good week.

Edie said...

Ooooo those look gooooood. Can I have one ... or seven? :D

Gwendolyn said...

I'm going to write this one down...I'm hungry just reading it! :o)

Angie said...

I'll take four, please.

Those look wonderful! My family would love them too. Thanks for the recipe, Chel.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Oh. My. Goodness. Oh, the goodness! Chel, I have never, ever made dumplin's. My husband would be crazy for these, so yes, I'm going to venture out and try these. This recipe is a keeper.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Apple Dumplings are one of my AlL TIME favorite foods. These look especially divine, and especially sinful for one like me who is trying to drop a few pounds. :) But maybe I will reward myself with these....

Jodie said...

"And believe me, you desire." I'm LAUGHING! So funny, you are. :)

Wow, these sound like they'd be perfect married to some ice cream. Hmmm. You are an evil, evil woman.

Edie said...

Hi Chel! I have something for you. Please stop by my blog when you get a chance. :D

And bring one of those apple dumplings with you please. :P

MoziEsmé said...

Make me drool, why doncha?