Apple Dumplings



12 servings



2 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
5 apples, peeled, cored and cut into eigths
2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 cups hot water
1/4 cup butter, melted
Cream (optional)


Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually add milk, stirring to make a soft dough. Roll dough into a 1/8-inch thick rectangle on a lightly floured surface; cut into 5-inch squares. Place 3 to 4 pieces of apple on each square.

Sprinkle each with 2 teaspoons sugar and cinnamon and nutmeg to taste; dot with butter. Moisten edges of each dumpling with water; bring corners to center, pinching edges to seal. Place dumplings 1 inch apart in a lightly greased shallow baking dish.

Combine 2 cups sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 2 cups hot water, and 1/4 c butter; stir to dissolve sugar. Pour syrup over dumplings. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot with cream, if desired.

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