|Shortening cut into dry ingredients|
|Rolled and prepped|
1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 c water
1/4 teas cinnamon
1/4 teas nutmeg (optional - I do not include)
8 drops red food coloring (I omit)
3 tbsp butter
2 c all-purpose flour
2 teas baking powder
1 teas salt
2/3 c vegetable shortening
1/2 c milk
6 small apples (tart varieties provide best flavor)
Combine sugar, water, and cinnamon (plus nutmeg and coloring, if using) in a medium pot. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add butter. Set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in shortening til mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk, stirring to moisten all dry ingredients. On a floured surface, roll dough into a rectangle (approximately 1/4 inch thick). Cut into 6 sections.
|Ready for oven|
Stir syrup and pour over dumplings. (The baking dish will be quite full.) Sprinkle with sugar. (I prefer to use white coarse sugar.) Bake at 375F for 35-40 minutes. The dumplings should be evenly browned.
During baking, the dumpling dough absorbs the syrup. These are wonderful. Sometimes I will substitute up to half the flour with white wheat (which can be found in major grocery stores).
Can't you almost smell them through the computer?