July 25, 2014


 I just couldn't help myself......
My first new purchase for the fall season......I adore this!
Perhaps this is what my thoughts were, when I thought of Mother's recipe for today!
It was her classic summer dinner....Apple Dumplings!

I have spoken many times about spending childhood summers browsing through the Mississippi Farmer's Market with Mother and coming home with a bounty of fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits. There were days when we enjoyed Mother's apple dumplings and nothing else. It was a most memorable time for me. The darling has similar memories of his youth when his Mother, would prepare her infamous chocolate muffins for their dinner. Nothing more....she would accompany the homemade muffins with cheddar cheese slices and strawberry jam. Summer will always bring back a Mississippi memory of that incredible buttery cinnamon aroma in Mother's kitchen.

What's not to love?

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
3 T. butter
2 cups flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
6 medium apples, peeled and cored

For the syrup, mix the first five ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add butter.

Sift together, dry ingredients. Cut in the shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and stir just until the flour is moistened. On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 18 " x 12" rectangle. Cut into six 6-inch squares. Sprinkle apples generously with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dot with butter. Moisten the edges of pastry, bring the corners to center and pinch the edges together.

Place 1-inch apart in a greased baking dish. Pour hot syrup over the dumplings and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 35 minutes until golden brown.

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  1. Strawberry season is like that here...strawberry shortcakes for supper...and nothing more. Then there is corn on the cob and nothing more... I like that line "and nothing more."

  2. Oh my...I'm longing for apple season and these look amazing! BTW, my mother's name was Helen and she made great apple dumplings, but I'm anxious to try this recipe. Happy weekend dear friend, XOXO

    1. Oh Susan....we simply must be sisters.....That is just the best thing to have in common....I know you're counting the days until move-in!!!! Always love hearing from you love!

  3. These look so yummy, Estelle. Dumplings like this are not something we do in Australia. I will give them a try very soon!


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