One of my favorite recipes I have from my grandma is apple dumplings. She used to keep all her recipes in red notebooks. I don’t know what happened to these when my grandpa died, hopefully, they didn’t get thrown away. It is funny – I do not remember grandma ever making these delicious dumplings, but I do remember my grandpa making them several times. He used the recipe in a red notebook, so she must have made them at one time.
These missing notebooks are one of the reasons I scour antique stores and online auctions looking for handwritten recipes. I love knowing that someone painstakingly copied down or created a recipe, and filed it away to be used. It irks me when families just throw these treasures away or sell them on eBay. I collect these bits of history and family lore – even though they are not my family. I even use the recipes to cook for my family. Each one tells a story of someone who loved to cook for their family, and I hope their legacy continues through me.
Grandma’s apple dumpling recipe is easy and so delicious. Especially served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – perfect on a cold winter evening by the fireplace.
WHAT IS IN THIS AMAZING APPLE DUMPLING RECIPE?
The hardest part of making these dumplings is rolling out the dough. And really, it isn’t that hard!
- Baking powder
HOW TO MAKE APPLE DUMPLINGS
This recipe has three steps –making the dumplings, making the sauce, and baking. It is that easy!
- Apple varieties – try different apples or a mix of apples for a different taste
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Grandma’s Easy Apple Dumplings
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup shortening
- ½ cup milk
- 4 apples peeled, cored and sliced
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1½ cups water
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Combine crust ingredients together to form dough. Roll out to approximately ½ inch thick. Cut into 4 equal pieces
- Place one sliced apple in the center of each dough portion. Pull dough around apple and press dough edges together to seal.
- Place dumplings in an 8 x 8" baking dish prepared with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring sugar, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a boil. Allow to boil for 2 minutes. Immediately pour over apple dumplings.
- Bake dumplings uncovered at 375° F for 35 minutes.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.