14 October 2014

Apple Dumplings with a Sweet Brown Sugar Sauce

It's that time of year again where Fall foods are being made in our home. When I think about my favorite Fall dessert, it's a toss between apple dumplings and pumpkin roll. Today my daughter and I made apple dumplings, and since I love my readers so much I thought I'd share this awesome family recipe with you all! It's the best apple dumpling recipe ever, and it even has a special sauce that was my late grandma's recipe and it's super yummy!

First step is to make the sauce...

1 cup brown sugar
1 /2 cup water
1/4 tsp cinnamon
(for later-- 2 Tbl butter)

Put brown sugar, water and cinnamon in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove and add 2 tablespoons of butter.

For the apple dumplings...

4 McIntosh apples
dash of cinnamon
dash of sugar

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup water

Mix dough, then roll it out. Take a butter knife and evenly cut two lines (an X) into the dough to make 4 sections. Peel all 4 apples and de-core them (I cut them in half then de-core them). Place one apple in the middle of each dough section. Add a dash of sugar and cinnamon on each apple. Take the sides of one section and roll up the dough onto the apple-- do this for all four apples. Tightly close the dough making sure no apple is exposed and that there are no holes. Place all 4 apple dumplings in a baking pan, then add your brown sugar sauce, pouring them on top of apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes until golden brown. 

Here is what they should like before they go into the oven...

Since I was a little kid I have been enjoying this recipe of apple dumplings and I believe you will love it too! I like to eat mine in a bowl (warm) with some cold milk splashed on it.


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07 October 2014

Homemade Chicken & Dumplings #Recipe

I just love chicken & dumplings! The key to a good chicken & dumpling meal is the creamy mixture and dumplings. I got this awesome recipe from a family friend of my mom's and it is the best recipe I have found! Not the healthiest....this meal is about comfort and its yummy goodness! It's an easy meal to make and feeds a family of 4. If you have more than 4 members in your family I would add more chicken and an extra 1/2 of the dumpling mix--make sure you're using a big cooking pan!

4 Tbsp. Shortening
4 Tbsp. Flour
1 Cup Chicken Broth
2 Cups Diced Cooked Chicken
1 Cup Milk
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp. Chopped Onions

Melt shortening in a large cooking pan on stove: blend in flour, garlic powder and salt. Add milk and chicken stock. Cook over low heat until smooth and thick. Stir in onions and chicken; blend well. *An easy way to cook chicken is to cube it raw, then add your chicken to boiling water. Boil until no longer pink.

1 Cup Flour
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 Cup Milk
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2 Tbsp. Melted Shortening

Mix ingredients with shortening and milk; blend to moisten. Drop by teaspoon onto chicken; cover. Cook 15-20 minutes over low-medium heat.

I like to always serve this meal with a side of veggies, any vegetable really! You're gonna love the fluffiness of the dumplings, they're not doughy at all! Just and salt and pepper to taste! Enjoy!

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