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Try One New Recipe a Week-PA Dutch Apple Dumplings
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Try One New Recipe a Week-The Best PA Dutch Apple Dumplings

The Best PA Dutch Apple Dumplings

Try One New Recipe a Week-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.

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The Best PA Dutch Apple Dumplings
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When apple season is here, these delicious little individual pies are a must to make. They keep well in the freezer.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: PA Dutch
Serves: 8

  • 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

  1. 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!

Try One New Recipe a Week-The Best PA Dutch Apple DumplingsPhoto attribution:Taste of Home (recipe: Simplee Sue)


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  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe! My family is PA Dutch, and I’m pregnant right now, craving apple dumplings so bad. My father just gave me a bushel of his tart apples from the orchard and I plan to make dumplings tonight :)

  2. Pinned!!!! Thanks, Susan!!

  3. I pinned this because I really want to try making dumplings. YUM! Thanks for linking!

    • Thank you for pinning and good luck. You will like them.
      Happy Thanksgiving. Simplee Sue

  4. Congratulations!
    Enjoy your new Red Plate, your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!
    Miz Helen

    • Thank you so much and I hope many will enjoy it. Happy Thanksgiving. sue

  5. My family would love this! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I’m looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

  6. Your Apple Dumplings look beautiful! I had an apple dumpling once at a restaurant in St Jacobs, Ontario where there is a large Mennonite & Pennsylvania Dutch population. It was one of the best things I have ever tasted. I’m so glad you shared this delicious recipe with us!

    • Thank you April. I hope you try it. These are the best. Being from Mennonite and Amish communities, I’ve had a lot of different ones and of course, I think mine is the best.

  7. Hi Sue,
    Your Dutch Apple Dumplings are just beautiful and i sure wish I had one right now. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Hi Susan Dee,
    I just wanted you to know that your dumplings are being featured on foodie friday today. Stop by and get your featured button. Thank you again for sharing your recipe.

    • Thank you. It’s an honor. It’s special for me as I’m an almost 3 month newbie blogger. Thank you, I appreciate it.

  9. @Nann, thank you so much. You will enjoy them.

  10. Oh my goodness I came over from Full Plate Thursday after seeing these fabulous apple dumplings. I’m going to make them this week. YUM!! This is my first time at your blog and I’m lovin it. I’m going to follow you on facebook.

  11. These look fantastic! Apple dumplings are one of my favorites and the hour drive to Amish country to pick them up is never too far! But it would be even better if I could make them myself. Thanks for sharing!

    • When I’m in the states, not doing mission work, I live an hour away from amish country in PA. These are the best. We used to sell them quickly at church.

  12. How neat!
    My family looooooves all kinds of apple-desserts but we’ve never had this kind.
    I LOVE this.

    • You will absolutely, enjoy these.

  13. Both these recipes look and sound good! I love the addition of the dough leaf on top. it really makes it special.
    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday!

    • Thank you and you’re welcome. It was a pleasure.

  14. You will love them.

  15. I just bought a bag of apples, can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for linking up for Mommy Moments Blog Hop!

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