August 29, 2008
It's hard to convert ingredients from pinches, handfuls, and dashes. I always mess with recipes to get them to suit me. You'll probably need to tweak this to your taste.
Mom learned this from her mom and passed on to her kids. Even my brother knows this recipe.
Mom's Apple Dumplings
2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter or margarine
2/3 cup milk
2 1/2 cups peeled, thick sliced apples(Granny Smith are good)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups water
Preheat oven to 400 degrees . Butter large deep cast iron skillet (Or a 9×13 inch pan) In bowl, using fork (we just use our hands) mix the 2 cups self-rising flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup cold butter or margarine making a crumbly mixture, gradually work in the 2/3 cup of milk to make a dough.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a large square? about 24 by 16? inches. Cut into 6 small square pieces. In bowl toss apples slices with 1/2 of the brown sugar and the spices. Make sure all the apple slices get a good coating. Place apple slices mixture on each square. Cut butter into 8 pieces. Place 1 piece of butter on top of apple slices mixture and save other 2 for sauce. With slightly wet fingers, bring corners of dough square up to the top of the apple mixture, pinch together. Slightly pinch the dough at the sides to seal in the apple. Do the same with the remaining bundles. Place in skillet or baking dish.
In a saucepan combine water, rest of brown sugar and butter. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Carefully pour over dumplings.
Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes.
Great with vanilla icecream.
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