Apple dumplings just scream down home cooking. Nothing gets more authentic. It’s like apple pie, taken to a higher level of awesome. I’m not sure why. It’s just the way it is. Try it for yourself. I dare you.
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First, make your dough. This is easy.
- 1/3 cup butter, chilled
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Cold water, about 6 Tbs.
1. Chop 1/3 of a cup of COLD butter into small pieces. Cut the stick the long ways so it’s cut in half. Then flip the stick and cut it in half the long way again. Now, the stick is in long quarters. Cut through, resulting in small cubes of butter.
2. Mix 1 cup of flour with 1/2 tsp. salt. Use a pastry cutter or a fork to cut the butter into the flour. The ultimate goal: little bitty chunks of butter coated in flour.
3. One tablespoon at a time, add COLD water to the dough. You want to add just enough water to bind the butter and flour together into a ball. I used about 5 Tbs. to make this happen. You may need more or less. Once mixed, form the ball into a log, and cut into even thirds.
4. Move the chunks to the fridge to chill.
Second, prepare your apples. Small granny smiths are best, but any baking apple will suffice.
2. Core. If you don’t have an apple corer, follow steps 1 through 3 of this wikihow.
Third, assemble your dumplings.
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup water
- 2.5 Tbs. butter (the leftovers from the stick of butter from the dough)
1. Mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Cut the butter into thirds.
2. Remove dough chunks from the fridge. Roll each chunk into approximately a 6 by 6 inch square.
3. Put an apple in the center. Fill the core with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Put one of the thirds of butter on top of the filled core.
4. Pull the dough up around the apple. Dip your fingers in water if you’re having difficulty getting the dough to seal. Transfer to pie tin.
Repeat steps 2 through 4 for remaining apples.
5. On stove, dissolve half cup sugar in 1 cup water. Pour mixture over apples.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until apples are golden brown.
Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top and serve with a hearty scoop of ice cream.
There you have it! Delicious. Heavenly. Apple. Goodness. You won’t be sorry.
Just for the record….
…it still tastes fine.