Found the elusive apple dumpling recipe that a previous boyfriend's mother made (that was OMG amazing) when I "came home to meet the parents" once. Yeah, not the man I married ;) but the apple dumplings that woman made made me obsessed with finding the recipe for awhile. I follow a live journal community called vintage recipes and someone posted this today.
Anyways, onto the recipe :) typed as written, for sure an old recipe as the layout is not the common day recipe layout. I wonder if I could cheat and use Pillsbury premade pastry? ;)
Betty Crocker Apple Dumpling Supreme
pastry makes 6 dumplings
sift together: 2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
cut in with pastry blender or two knives: 3/4 cup shortening... first adding most of it until mixture looks like "meal" and then cutting in the rest until particles are the size of giant peas.
Sprinkle over mixture 5 Tbsp of water... mixing enough to make dough stay together.
Round up into a ball, let stand for a few minutes to make easier to roll out. (If desired, divide into 2 or 3 parts to make it easier to handle). Roll out dough 1/8inch thick on lightly floured cloth covered board. Cut into six 7-inch squares.
Pare and core 6 medium sized tart juicy apples. Place an apple on each square of pastry.
Fill apple cavities of apples with a mixture of:
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Dot with 1 tbsp of butter.
Then the ad shows a song lyric "button up your overcoat" with the instructions for sealing the dumpling.
Moisten points of the pastry square (be sure not to use too much water). Fold up opposite points up over apple, overlapping them. Seal well.
Place about 2-inch apart in a 9x13x2 baking pan. Pour hot syrup (recipe below) around dumplings in pan. Bake immediately for 40 to 45 minutes in a hot oven (425).
Boil together for 3 minutes: 1 cup sugar, 2 cups water, 4 Tbsp butter, 1/4 tsp cinnamon.
For less rich syrup use 1/2 cup each of sugar and corn syrup, 2 Tbsp butter, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and only 1 cup of water. (or use maple syrup)