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.