Apple Dumplings

1 and 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold water
2 Tablespoons butter, softened (use the real thing)
2 Tablespoons shortening
2 cups apples, pared and sliced
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon each of nutmeg & cinnamon

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center and add cold water. Stir to form a stiff dough. Cut in shortening and mix until well blended. Roll out dough and cut into squares. In another bowl, mix apple slices with butter, brown sugar and spices. Spoon apple mixture onto dough, fold over and seal. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place apples in baking dish, and bake for 40 minutes. Pour 1/2 sauce mixture over all while baking -- see next column.    

Vanilla Dumpling Sauce

1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium sized saucepan, mix the sugar, flour, and salt. Add water, stir until well blended. Cook on top of stove on medium-high heat, stirring until thickened and bubbly; and ingredients are well blended, about 5 minutes. Add butter and vanilla, stir to melt. Pour one half of this mixture over the dumplings in their baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Reserve the rest of the sauce to pour over the dumplings just before serving. Top with whipped cream or ice cream if desired. A very old recipe.  

 -- Recipes by Allyene Hurd Furnier (1897-1981)

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