This is a recipe that my mother used to make. On those chilly fall and winter days I would come home to such a welcoming feast. This is an old recipe and hope that you will enjoy it.

Carol
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease one 13x9 inch baking pan. Combine 1/2 cup of the white sugar with the ground cinnamon and the ground nutmeg; set aside.

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  • Measure sifted flour, add baking powder, salt, and 3 tablespoons sugar, and sift again. Cut shortening into sifted ingredients until mixture looks like coarse meal. Add milk, mixing until a soft dough is formed.

  • Knead dough on lightly floured board half a minute. Divide dough in half. Roll each half to a 1/8 inch thickness. Cut eight 5 inch squares out of the dough. Place an apple half on each square. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of the sugar-spice mixture. Moisten edges of dough and bring corners up over apples, pressing edges together. Place covered apples in the prepared baking pan with joined edges either on top or underneath the apples.

  • Mix together brown sugar, butter, salt, and water; bring to a boil. Pour over dumplings in pan.

  • Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes, or until apples are tender. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings. The brown sugar mixture forms a delicious butterscotch sauce around the dumplings.

Nutrition Facts

549.9 calories; protein 6.1g 12% DV; carbohydrates 85g 27% DV; fat 21.7g 33% DV; cholesterol 22.8mg 8% DV; sodium 610.7mg 24% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2007
Mmm. Maybe it's just that I only made two of these, but I didn't find the recipe to be difficult or time consuming. I skipped the peeling step, though, and I patted the dough into rounds rather than rolling it out. It yeilds a crispy, biscuit like crust, and a soft, warm apple. (Braeburn, in my case.) I rubbed the cinnamon sugar mix over the inside of the dough before wrapping the apple in it, and used a bit of allspice, rather than nutmeg. I also stuffed them with golden raisins. They would be lovely with vanilla ice cream, but if you haven't got any, a cold glass of milk will do. Incidentally, if you scale it down to two servings like I did, you might want to double the sauce. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/19/2004
I like a "flakey crust" apple dumpling and the addition of baking podwer gives these dumpling an almost biscuit like texture and taste. The apples and sauce were tasty but overall I was disappointed with these dumplings and would not make them again. Read More
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30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2007
Mmm. Maybe it's just that I only made two of these, but I didn't find the recipe to be difficult or time consuming. I skipped the peeling step, though, and I patted the dough into rounds rather than rolling it out. It yeilds a crispy, biscuit like crust, and a soft, warm apple. (Braeburn, in my case.) I rubbed the cinnamon sugar mix over the inside of the dough before wrapping the apple in it, and used a bit of allspice, rather than nutmeg. I also stuffed them with golden raisins. They would be lovely with vanilla ice cream, but if you haven't got any, a cold glass of milk will do. Incidentally, if you scale it down to two servings like I did, you might want to double the sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2005
This recipe is quite tasty. I recommend using very tart apples and cutting them into quarters instead of halves then rolling the crust to a very very thin layer which can be cut into 16 sections total one for each apple quarter. This decreases the cooking time by about 10 minutes and makes a smaller serving size. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2004
These were a little bit of work having to make pastry dough but they were really yummy. I served them with vanilla ice cream which was wonderful. My sauce did not turn out though it was runny and separated. I followed the directions but the sauce was not what I expected Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2011
I made the dumplings spaced out to make the look more decorative. It worked but they spread out and became quite the filling desert. I had these warm with ice-cream as a desert and then again the next morning cold as a breakfast. Delicious:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2004
The taste of these dumplings is definately 5 stars but the time it takes to make them bumped it down a notch. Between peeling and coring the apples making the crust and making the sauce these took about an hour to make and get in the oven then another 45 minutes to bake. If you are planning on making these make sure you have the free time and energy. After tasting one though the hard work was all worth it! Thanks for a yummy recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2003
These turned out wonderfully. The sauce was thick and very flavourful. I will definitely be making these again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2010
You don't need the butterscotch topping for this to be good. The crust came out excellent and I used whole wheat pastry flour. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2006
I loved this recipe!! My husband was in heaven. We loved it so much I am going to make it again this weekend for a dinner party. A keeper in my book! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/19/2004
I like a "flakey crust" apple dumpling and the addition of baking podwer gives these dumpling an almost biscuit like texture and taste. The apples and sauce were tasty but overall I was disappointed with these dumplings and would not make them again. Read More
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