Golden-brown pastry wrapped around soft, sweet apples and drizzled with sugary sauce—what not to love? Adapted from Edna Staebler’s Food That Really Schmecks, a culinary homage to the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario.
Courtesy of Ruth Hicks, Kitchener, ON.
Brown Sugar Sauce
In large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in shortening. Pour in milk; using hands, wooden spoon or stand mixer, knead into smooth dough. Turn dough out onto floured surface; divide into 6 to 8 pieces. Roll out each large enough to wrap around 1 apple half. Place 1 apple half on each piece of dough, cut side up.
In small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar. Spoon sugar mixture into each apple hollow. Wet edges of dough, pinch together to seal over apple.
Place dumplings on greased baking sheet. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until apples are tender, about 30 minutes.
While dumplings are baking, in medium saucepan, bring 2 cups (500 mL) water, brown sugar and butter to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes.
Serve dumplings warm with Brown Sugar Sauce drizzled over top.