As we were planning for the Christmas Tea Parties I asked Brenda to sift through some of her favorite old recipe cards she grew up making on her family farm. Apple Dumplings was the first recipe she chose. A special recipe of grandmother Ida Gall. A yummy vintage recipe loaded with precious memories. I love the fact the old recipe card even says “serve warm with half and half”. A hot messy delight for ANY apple lover, right?!? Special holiday recipes seem to wrap us up at Christmas time. Comforting flavors and rich fragrances.
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Apple Dumplings Recipe
from Ida Gall, Brenda’s Grandmother
- 1/c cup shortening
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3-3/4 cup milk
- 6 apples peeled and cored – tart apples are best!
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 1/3 cups hot water
Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening with pastry cutter. Add milk and stir to form a ball. Turn onto board, knead few times, roll to 1/8″ thick. Cut into circles large enough to hold an apple. Place apple on dough.
Combine cinnamon and sugar. Fill cavity of apple with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Dot with butter. Close dough. Place upside down in pan – not too close. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Decrease to 350° and bake till toothpick inserts easily into apple. (about 45 minutes – your home will smell divine!)
Baste frequently with juices from the pan. Sprinkle small amount of nutmeg and cinnamon on top. Serve with milk or half and half while still warm from your oven!