Saturday, November 19, 2011

Enjoying a rainy Saturday afternoon, watching Cadfael with my hubby, and eating Apple Dumplings German Style from  "Sacred Feasts:  From a Monastery Kitchen" - a perfect combo!

Apple Dumplings German Style
6 servings (our family found it to be closer to 10 very generous servings, especially when we included vanilla ice cream)

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
7 tart apples, peeled
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
3/4 cup brown sugar
6 TBSP butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups sugar
2 TBSP calvados liqueur (optional)
6 TBSP butter

1)  In a deep bowl mix and sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and shortening.  Work mixture lightly with your fingertips.

2)  Make a hole in the mixture's center and gradually add milk.  Stir and  mix.  Knead lightly into a ball, then roll into a rectangular-shaped piece of dough about 1/4-inch thick.  Cut dough into 6 pieces.

3)  Slice apples and divide among the six squares of dough  Mix cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.  Add to apples.

4)  Dot each square with 1 tablespoon of butter.  Gather corners of each piece of dough.  Pinch corners together to form a dumpling.

5)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix brown sugar, white sugar, water, calvados, and butter to make a syrup over low-medium heat.  Mix and blend well.  Butter a long baking dish.  Carefully place dumplings in it, pour syrup evenly over the top, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until dumplings are done.  Serve hot.


Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh, sounds delicious! And boy do we have apples coming out our ears, here in Washington ;D

The dB family said...

Apple dumplings are AMAZING!! We only allow ourselves them once are year, and enjoy every last bite. Which reminds me, we haven't had them yet this year. Thank you for sharing your delicious treat!