Apple Dumplings

12 medium-size baking apples, peeled and cored
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Syrup

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cloves
1/8 teaspoon McCormick Ground Mace (optional)

Dough

6 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole-wheat flour
8 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
About 2 1/2 cups milk


Filling

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Nutmeg


Place apples in large, deep container. Add enough water to
cover. Add lemon juice and set aside.

To make syrup, place granulated sugar, water, 1 teaspoon
cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, cloves, and mace in 2-quart
saucepan. Stir to combine and heat to boil. Remove from heat
and set aside.

To make dough, place all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking
powder, salt, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in large bowl. Mix well.

Add 1 cup butter and cut into flour mixture with pastry blender
or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1 1/2 cups
milk and mix well. Add additional milk as needed to make soft
but not sticky dough.

Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead lightly about
15 seconds. Divide dough into 4 equal-size pieces. Roll each
piece of dough to 21x7-inch rectangle. Cut each rectangle
into three 7-inch squares to make 12 squares.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease shallow baking pan or
pans large enough to hold 12 apples. Set aside.

Remove 1 apple from water and drain. Place on square of pastry
and fill cavity with 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon
butter, and dash each cinnamon and nutmeg. Repeat with
remaining apples.

Lift edges of dough to meet over top of each apple. Moisten
seams and press together. Trim off excess dough. If desired,
cut small leaf shapes out of scraps of excess dough. Moisten
1 end of each leaf with water and press gently to attach at
top of each dumpling.

Place dumplings in prepared baking pan(s). Reheat syrup briefly,
if necessary, and pour over dumplings.

Bake in preheated 350 F oven 50 to 55 minutes, basting with
syrup every 15 minutes. Place in serving bowls and spoon
syrup over. Serve warm.

Makes 12 apple dumplings
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This recipe created by McCormick.