Yea, I’m stuck in fall. I’m not going to lie. You can see it pretty much written all over this blog. And I’ve also a sick obsession for the apple recipes as well. It’s just that the apple, cinnamon, pie pastry texture and tastes all remind me of home. Being here in this country that only has two seasons really leaves me reaching out to fill those I’ve missed in Ohio!
I love etymology. That’s why I like language so much. And it’s extremely interesting to me when I find a connection between two words that others are not as excited as I am! I found that nostalgia has some interesting roots. Nosto is greek for home and algos pain. So, in a sense nostalgia just means homesickness! Now, you can’t tell me that is cool. If you can’t admit to it you just need to leave.
Really… how could you blame me for being stuck on apple deliciousness? Are you seeing this? I’m about to swallow my own tongue!
Caramel Apple Dumplings
6 McIntosh Apples (as this serves six people) Do we have McIntosh apples in Peru? No… so we had to just find something softer that would cook nicely. This is the beaut we found.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
You can use store bought OR you can make this Caramel Comfort Sauce… really, which sounds more fun?
First you can get your sauce ready. Super simple. Are you ready? Throw the water and sugar in the pan and start to bring it to a boil. Put in the cinnamon and nutmeg. When the sugar-water comes to a boil put in the butter and let melt. Mix it up and when it’s melted completely remove from the heat and set aside.
To cut and peel your apples, cut them in half and then cut out the core. I’ll show you some pictures, because I’m not sure how to explain with words. Then, peel those halfs. Don’t cut them into quarters because then you’re going to have a great time trying to hold them together when you wrap them up in dough! That’s sarcasm by-the-way.
Make sure you keep your apple halves with their mates… otherwise you could end up with some silly-looking dumplings.
Once you’ve got your apples ready get on your dough. In a bowl mix together your dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder) and then start to cut in your shortening. If you’re like the Handicapped Kitchen and you don’t have shortening you can use butter (which I perfer anyway). Cut in the shortening until you have what looks like fine crumbs. Then add your milk just until the dough comes together in a ball.
Roll the dough out into a rectangle measuring about 18”X12”. Then cut the dough into six squares. So, that should be two horizontally and three across the length. If you were a math major in college than you can figure out easily that that’s six equal squares!
Working one at a time, place an apple in the center of one of your perfect squares (that’s nearly impossible) of dough holding the halves together. Pour a nice unhealthy amount of sugar into the center of the apple and shake a pretty portion of cinnamon and nutmeg over the apple and settle a pat of butter on top. Fold up the four corners of the dough and pinch it closed. You can also use water to help seal it better.
Place in a pre-greased baking dish. When you’ve got all your dumplings set in the pan pour the sugar mixture we made earlier over the apples making sure to dump it over each dumpling. Then, sprinkle with more sugar! SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR! Kind of reminds me of Rebecca Black’s FUN FUN FUN! Oh dear… poor girl. Anyway, bake at 375 degrees F for 35 minutes or until you can easily poke a fork through easily.
Let cool and drizzle with caramel sauce while still warm.
1.) Use smaller apples so your dough will easily cover those babies.
2.) Some of my apples fell apart in the oven, but with my quick smarts I pulled some toothpicks out of my drawer and secured the apples together sticking the toothpicks through the apples in a crossing-action.
So, are you going to make these things? Are you going to eat them in the middle of the sweltering summer? Does it matter what time of the year you eat Apple Dumplings???? I think not.