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I love the way the snow looks in the afternoon before the sun sets. The blue shadows remind you of how cold it is. The snow sparkles a certain way in the sunlight. The warm yellow glow of the sun reminds you of the hope than all of this will soon pass. Enjoy the moment of beauty and serenity before it quickly fades away.

To help us in passing this cold I decided to break out of routine and cook something from the wonderful Joy of Cooking. What could warm you more on the inside than Hot Apple Dumplings.

In true slacker mom fashion I realized this morning that to make the dumplings I will need to make pie crust. Normally I would just buy the already made crust, but I decided to use my day to really enjoy the baking opportunity. Almost every recipe called for shortening, which I of course didn’t have. (I don’t cook with it.) It sent me on a quick search to find an all butter recipe, and let me tell you, I was not disappointed.  Click here to find the great recipe.

If you decide to make this recipe be sure to start early. If you make you pie crust yourself, be sure to leave time fr it to cool in the fridge, Also I didn’t have a pastry blender, which would have made cutting the butter in much easier. I did the really old-fashioned way of literally cutting in the butter with a couple of knives.

Once you have a pastry, follow these steps to have your own warming dessert, from the inside out.

Apple Dumplings

6 small apples, peeled and cored

Mix with a fork until blended:

  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Add and mix well 1/4 cup softened, unsalted butter

Fill whole apple middles with butter/sugar blend. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pie crust into an 18×12 inch rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. Cut dough into six squares, rolling to a slightly larger (7 inch) squares. Lightly brush dough with on slightly beaten egg.

Place apple in the center of each square. Fold up corners up around apple and pinch at the top. Prick pastry several times with a fork. Place in baking dish and bake for 10-15 minutes at 425. While apples bake, prepare syrup in a saucepan.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Whisk together and then add:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small lemon, thinly sliced and seeded

Bring to boil and boil for 5 minutes. Pour boiling syrup over the dumpling when they begin to color (about 10-15 minutes). Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake until apples are tender, about 30-35 minutes. Baste dumplings while they are cooking with syrup every ten minutes.

Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.


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