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Peggy's Classic Apple Dumplings

Photo: Southern Living
Prep time 30 mins
Total time 1 hr, 15 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 6 small Rome apples (about 1 3/4 lb.)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into 6 equal pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg in a saucepan. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in 2 Tbsp. butter. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly. Cover and chill. Meanwhile, peel and core apples.

  2. Stir milk into flour mixture until moistened. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 3 to 4 times. Roll into an 18- x 12-inch rectangle. Cut into 6 (6-inch) squares. Place 1 apple in center of each square.

  3. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and remaining 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg; sprinkle over apples. Press 1 piece of butter into each apple center. Moisten edges of dough with water; fold dough over apples, pinching edges to seal. Place dumplings in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Pour sugar syrup over dumplings.

  4. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with pecans.