I am not a native of Lancaster County, but I have lived here enough decades to consider myself a Lancastrian.
But, not any more… Apple Dumplings are one of the best parts of being from Lancaster!
I hope you will consider yourself an honorary Lancasterian and make Apple Dumplings for a breakfast or dinner.
6 apples (any variety except Delicious)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 TBS butter, softened
pie dough, enough for 1 double crust
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Make pie dough. Click HERE for my very favorite Martha Stewart’s Pie dough (pate brisee). Refrigerate. You can also cheat and use a ready made pie dough.
In a small bowl , mix brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter. Set aside.
Take half the pie dough and roll it out. Cut it into 4 pieces. Roll out the second half of the dough and cut it into halves, and one half into half again.
Put the apple in the center of the dough.
Fill the whole in the apple with the sugar mixture.
Bring the dough up around the apple and press together.
Repeat for all the apples and put them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Make an egg wash with 1 beaten egg and 1 TBS water, mix well. Brush on apple dumplings.
Cut 12 leaves out of the remaining dough and brush them with egg wash. Fix the leaves to the top of the apple dumpling.
Sprinkle with sanding sugar.
Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown.
Serve hot in a shallow bowl with milk.
Thoroughly enjoy without guilt!
Congratulations… you are on your way to being a Lancasterian!