Autumn is the season of apples, all kinds, colors, sweet, tangy, mild, or full of flavor, and it’s the perfect time of year to make apple dumplings. This is an old recipe from The Mennonite Community Cookbook.
Sauce: 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups water, 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon or nutmeg
Pare and core apples. Leave whole. To make pastry sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Cut in shortening until particles are the size of small peas. Sprinkle milk over mixture and press together lightly, working dough only enough to hold together. Roll dough as for pastry and cut into six squares and place an apple on each. Fill cavity in apple with sugar and cinnamon. Pat dough around apple to cover completely. Fasten edges together securely on top of apple. Place dumplings 1 inch apart in a greased baking pan.
Pour the sauce over them made as follows: Combine brown sugar, water and spices in stove top pan. Cook for five minutes. Remove from heat and add butter.
Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. Baste occasionally during baking. Serve hot with rich milk or cream. Savor.