Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dumplings and disappointment....

I got to dumpling making this evening after I put the girls to bed. I used Martha's recipe and I have to say it's the very first thing I've made of hers that I am not loving. I had to do some tweaking to the syrup. Actually I followed the directions to the letter and then tried one at the end of the directed cooking time. The syrup was, um, not great and the apple was still hard and the dough wasn't done.
So..... I got rid of the syrup. Made a basic simple syrup with 1 1/2 cups sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla, and a teaspoon of cinnamon in about 2 cups of water. I reduced that at a simmer for about 10 minutes and then poured it over the dumplings.
Then, I put them back in the 350 degree oven for an additional 30 minutes. Much better. Actually quite yummy.
Mission accomplished.
All packed up and ready to head to their new homes. I have recently discovered that packaging is my new nightmare!! Who knew you needed to be a graphic designer to print out a quicky label?! ugh! Oh well, they taste yummy and that's what counts right? 


  1. I've got a good recipe for hem if you want it

  2. Michelle, I'm always up for a good recipe! I'm happy with how they turned out in the end, they just needed a little tweaking.

  3. This is one that I wrote down when they did them at the church eons ago.

    1 1/2 cup sugar
    1 1/2 cup water
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp nutmeg
    Combine above and add 4-5 drops red food color
    Bring to a boil, remove from heat and add 3 Tbsp butter.

    2 cups flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp salt
    Cut in:
    2/3 cup shortening
    1/2 cup milk, stir and roll on floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. (18x12 rectangle approx). Cut into six 6-inch squares. Put apple in middle of square. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and a little butter. Cover with dough and pour mixture over.
    Bake 375 for 35 minutes.

  4. These were ALWAYS the first thing to go at the fall yard sale and at bake sales.

  5. Hey Emmy, Steph made some good ones from Betty Crocker cookbook.

  6. Very cool! Thanks ladies for the info.