He Needs Food in Sydney, visited Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and in his post mentioned Apple Dumplings. That brought back so many memories of my mom's dumplings that I just had to make them.
1 recipe single pie crust (see below)
4 small-to-medium apples
4 teaspoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons plus 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, divided
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Make the dough and divide dough into 4 equal portions; roll each out to an 8-inch square.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Peel and core the apples.
In a small bowl, stir together the 2 teaspoons granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
Place one apple in the middle of each pastry square. Put 1 teaspoon butter into the cored center of each apple and top with 1 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Lightly brush the edges of the pastry with water.
Bring the corners of the pastry together at the top of each apple; pinch the edges to seal. Place the dumplings in a buttered baking pan.
Combine the remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar, water, butter, and any remaining sugar- cinnamon mixture in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it just begins to boil, stirring occasionally. Pour the sauce evenly over the encrusted apples.
Bake for 50 minutes, basting occasionally, until the apples are tender and the pastry is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature, with ice cream or an English custard (crème anglaise).
Makes 4 servings.
- Note: I generally choose sweet apples over tart varieties so that I can use less processed sugar. These were made with organic Pink Lady apples. Macintosh work very well, too.
Food Processor Pie Crust
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
5 tablespoons ice water
Place flour in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add butter in 10 pieces, cover and pulse 10-12 times until butter pieces are mostly the size of peas.
Remove the cover and sprinkle flour and butter with the 5 tablespoons ice water. Process the mixture until it forms a ball. Proceed with the recipe.