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Apple Dumplings

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4 servings
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These Apple Dumplings may become a new family favorite. In this traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dessert, apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar are hugged by homemade dough for a melt-in-your-mouth experience you will want to repeat again and again.

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons chilled butter or shortening
3/4 cup milk
4 small apples, peeled and cored
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg white
cream, for serving (optional)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Mix together flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Cut solid shortening into dry ingredients, make a well in the center, and add milk. Stir just until dough is fairly free from sides of bowl. Turn onto lightly floured board and knead 8 to 10 times. Cover and chill while preparing apples.

Combine sugar, butter, salt, and cinnamon and fill apple core hollows with most of this mixture. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into 4 squares. Place an apple on each square and spread remaining sugar mixture over apples. Bring up corners of dough to cover apple and press edges together (dampen with a little water if necessary). Make sure edges are sealed or dumplings will pop open during baking. Brush with egg white and prick tops of dumplings with a fork. Carefully transfer dumplings to a baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees F and continue baking for about 40 minutes longer or until apples are tender when tested with a toothpick. Serve with cream (if using).

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