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this month's recipe: 

apple dumplings




Recipe Author:

Courtesy of Make My Cake

A Note from Aliyyah Baylor:

My grandmother, Josephine Smith, made apple dumplings from the fruit of her tree in Mississippi. I hope you enjoy them.
pastry ingredients:
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar                                                 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder                                                                              
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shortening                                                                                         
  • ½ cup cold water


filling ingredients:

  • 4 to 6 cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into sections
  • ½ cup sugar, divided
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • ¼ cup butter, divided

sauce ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups sugar                                                                                                
  • 2 cups milk                                                                                                      
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla                                                                                            
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • ¼ cup butter, divided



1.     Prepare pastry by combining dry ingredients and cutting in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add water and mix until soft dough is formed. Roll into a rectangle approximately 20 inches by 15 inches and cut in 12 5-inch squares. 

2.     Place apple sections on each square and sprinkle each with 2 teaspoons sugar and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. More or less sugar may be used depending on sweetness of apples. Top each with 1 teaspoon butter and bring corners of dough to center and seal. Place in a shallow lightly greased baking dish. Freeze at this point if desired. 

3.     Make sauce by combining sugar, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour over dumplings and top each with 1 teaspoon butter. Bake at 375ºF for 35 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm with cream, if desired.