Clara’s Apple Dumplings

Ingredients:

 Dough:

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

3 Tbs. sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

¾ tsp. salt

1 stick & 7 Tbs. chilled butter

¾ cup cold buttermilk

 

Apples & Filling:

6 Tbs. light brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

3 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened

4 Golden Delicious apples

1 egg white, lightly beaten

 

Step 1:  Make the dough.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

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Slice butter into ¼ inch slices and combine with a pastry cutter until it is blended into the flour.

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Add the buttermilk and knead gently until it forms a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic and stick it in the refrigerator.

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Step 2:  Set up apples.

In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. In another bowl, combine 3Tbs. of the cinnamon-sugar mixture with the butter.

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Peel the apples and halve through the equator.

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Remove the core and seeds from each half carefully so you don’t poke a hole through the apple. (If you make a hole through the apple, all the juices will run out.) Fill the holes with the butter mixture.

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Step 3:  Assemble.

Roll out half the dough at a time on a lightly-floured surface. Cut as many 5-inch squares as you can and set an apple half with the butter-filled side up on each square.

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Fold the corners up together, crimp the edges, and smooth around the apple to seal, removing excess dough. Make sure there are no holes.

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Place the dumplings at least 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

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Then use a butter knife and poke a vent hole in the top of each dumpling.

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Brush the top of the dumplings with egg white and sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

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Step 4:  Bake. Bake at 425°F until the dough is cooked and the apple is soft when inserted with a knife. About 20 minutes. Serve warm, drizzled with a little cider sauce if you wish. Makes 8 dumplings.

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Cider Sauce for Apple Dumplings

Ingredients:

1 cup apple cider

1/3 cup maple syrup

¼ tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. cornstarch

1 ½ Tbs. unsalted butter

1 tsp. lemon juice

 

Boil cider, maple syrup, and cinnamon while stirring. Reduce heat and simmer until mixture thickens. Stir cornstarch with 1 Tbs. of water and add to cider to thicken.

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Remove from heat, stir in butter and lemon juice, and serve over dumplings.

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