My Grandma used to make THE. BEST. apple dumplings. There is nothing like a flaky, golden crust over a softened, sweet apple with a spicy glaze to warm up your belly and make you feel that “Ahhh, comfort food” feeling! These apple dumplings are very simple – and very tasty. According to my mom, she used to get to eat them for DINNER! She & her brothers have talked about this with great affection and memories.
- 4 cups all purpose flour, sifted
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 Tbsp lard
- 1/3 cup milk
- 6 large baking apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
- cinnamon & sugar mixture (to your liking)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp margarine
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking dish (feel free to use fat free non-stick spray!)
- In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut in the lard until crumbly. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until dough holds together nicely.
- Divide in half; roll each out on floured cutting board and cut into squares. Place several apple slices onto each square, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and fold dough over the top of the spiced fruit. Pinch the dough together at the top.
- Place in prepared baking dish. Pour the syrup over the dumplings, or you may use 1/2 cup of water in the pan before baking.
- To make the syrup, bring brown sugar, water and margarine to a boil in a medium saucepan. Pour over the dumplings in the pan. Bake 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 15-20 minutes.
These are amazing served in a bowl, with a little milk poured over them! According to my mom, my grandma rarely made the syrup – but if you’re looking for DESSERT, feel free to make it. (With apples on sale this week, I think I’ll have to make some for breakfast for the weekend!)