The Best PA Dutch Apple Dumplings
My choice for Try One New Recipe a Week is The Best PA Dutch Apple Dumpling. I’m not sure, exactly, the difference but I do know that some people make a sugar sauce to pour on top of the apple dumpling. It may be good, but mine are the best. PA Dutch are known for their “schleck”. It means their junk food, especially, the good sweet stuff, mounds of calories, like cakes, sticky buns, and pies. Some of my friends from church and I would make about 600+ apple dumplings for fundraising in order to buy medicines for the mission trips we would take each year. While the apple season is here, you need to try these.
- 2 c flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 c shortening
- ⅓ c cold water
- 8 to 12 medium sized tart baking apples-cored and peeled
- 8 tsp. of butter
- 8 heaping T of cinnamon, sugar, flour mix (Mixture is 9T sugar, 3T flour, 1 T cinnamon)
- 8 tsp. brown sugar
- Mix together the dough-first four ingredients. Mix together the sugar mixture for filling-9T sugar with 3 T of flour and 1 T cinnamon in a bowl. (don’t need to be exact-more is better) Roll out a piece of dough to a 7 inch round. Place the cored and peeled apple in the center of the dough, hole side up. Now put 1 tsp. of brown sugar and 1 tsp of butter into the hole where the core was. After this, sprinkle 1 big heaping T of the sugar-flour mixture into hole and outside of apple. Pull the sides of the dough up and around the apple and pinch closed at the top. Sometimes you need to use a little water on your fingers to make the dough stick closed. Now if you want to decorated the top with a leaf of extra dough you can. Place into a 13×9 baking dish. When you have all 8 apple dumplings in the dish, put into the preheated oven @ 350F for 55 to 60 min. until the apples are baked soft. Check with a fork.
Another apple recipe for this season is my childhood favorite, Mohjy Apples found here.
This is one of those recipes that I never used a recipe with, so I am “guestimating” the amounts for the sugar mixture. I just mix it and then it is the feel of it. So I mixed it up and measured it for you. Now, after you bake them, comes the good part. Some people eat them , like an apple pie. Others prefer eating them with ice cream and some, like myself and most of my friends, eat them with milk on them. First, put one in a bowl and chop it up. Pour milk, about a cup or so on it and then microwave it, if you didn’t just take it out of the oven. You shouldn’t have to add any sugar. I forgot to explain the apples. You peel and core them and either keep whole or cut in half and core. It’s just a little more cumbersome to put all together. The other thing is preference…I like an apple and a half in mine but you can make it with one apple. You place the extra half on top of the whole apple and wrap the dough up and around it. This is why I listed in the ingredients 8 to 12 apples.
I like to buy the little individual disposable pie tins. ( you can buy them below, at Amazon) Put one apple dumpling in each and bake it that way. Then I freeze the extras. They keep in the freezer really good. I have extra if I make 15 to 20 or more. This is The Best PA Dutch Apple Dumplings around. When I was pregnant with my first child, I had a craving for apple dumplings of all things. I ate one every day for 2 weeks. I think I feel a craving coming on now…and I’m not pregnant. Not funny!
Photo attribution:Taste of Home (recipe: Simplee Sue)
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