Wednesday, November 9, 2011


 Another memory from the past---from when I first began posting---this is an "old family" recipe, by default, anyway, by dint of having been used by FOUR generations already (though actual time elapsed is only twenty years or so).   I hope to be back when things quiet down, when the world is not so much with us, and when I can post without cussin' the molasses in the gears of this machine.

Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts---I can feel the lift.

 +++++++++++MOTHER'S APPLE DUMPLIN'S++++++++++++

I don't believe I've made my Mother's recipe for Apple Dumplings in several years. My memory of the date I cooked any given thing is not so keen any more---I do remember the Thanksgiving the year after her death, when we had all gathered back at the family home for one last time.   Daddy had called us all and said that he had sold the house, and he'd be back in town for a wedding that weekend, so if we wanted anything out of the house, we needed to get a truck and come on down.

And so we gathered, the ten of us, and packed and remembered, losing time and work in the reminiscences, and the stories attached to many of the things of our upbringings. My sister's son is a chef, so he and I cooked the Thanksgiving dinner, beginning sort of long distance, with my bringing a lot of the ingredients and several dishes already made and in coolers, the five hundred miles down the Interstate. He and I stood at the same stove, on the same gold-patterned linoleum on which which I'd stood to bake and stir and fry all those years that I lived there, and where his tiny pamper-bottomed self had scampered amongst our feet. 

This recipe is just as written down for me by DS #2, who has made this old standard for our Christmas Dinner for a long time, now; I had made it before, and had it memorized, but that’s faded, and I wanted the exact measurements.

Way back then, in that old familiar kitchen, with its Brady-orange countertops and copper EVERYTHING, I dictated quickly to the tall young man---now a chef in his own right:

“Make a Simple---1/3 white, 1/3 brown. Melt stick of butter in pan. Peel, quarter, wrap, pour, 350, 35/45.” And his chef’s training took over. He made a lovely pan that we enjoyed one last time around that familiar table, all of us together under that roof for a final Thanksgiving before the house belonged to other people, other traditions.

Mother’s Recipe, written down for me by my son, who makes them for all our occasions:

Granny Smith Apples---4
2 packs Pillsbury Rolls---Pack makes 8
Brown sugar 1/3 cup

Sugar 1/3 cup
Stick of Butter

A cup of juice or Cider
Melt stick of butter in 9x13 Corning ware pan. Core and peel Granny Smiths in 1/4th. Separate rolls.  Wrap and pull rolls around ¼ of apple.    Place in pan. 

*Evenly Sprinkle brown sugar and reg. Sugar over top and around Dumplings. Take a spoon and drizzle a little water over each one. Pour about a cup of cider or apple juice into the bottom of the pan to make the syrup and it will thicken around the bottoms of the rolls. Bake on 350 for 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown.

This is exactly what I want to do---bake these wonderful pastries with DS next time he's here---when days are not so entwined, and the scent of Old Times can fill the house with memories.


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Rachel:
We can just imagine the memories flooding back as the kitchen is filled with the wonderful smell of cooking apples. We might call this receipt 'Apple Cobbler' since a dumpling means something rather different in England. Indeed, on reading this, we too were transported back in time to our childhoods and 'Nursery Puddings' which would describe a dish such as this. Comfort food!!

Patsy said...

I have this recipe and it is so good.

Jeanne said...

Good morning my dear friend, We are home and I am so glad to sleep in my own bed. I feel like I have missed so much and I am reading about your response about prayers for you. Please tell me what is wrong. You are in my prayers right now for your good health and happiness.

I love this recipe and all I need is some cider. We love cider and I haven't bought any yet this year. I am imagining the delicious smells right now. A lot of baking went on in our home growing up. Mostly pies. My dad loved pies. And homemade bread that my mom made just about daily. We didn't have store bought bread for years.

I pray all is well with you and yours.
Love, Jeanne

Kouign Aman said...

Thanks for the reminder. We made these a lot a couple years back when you posted them, and its time too now.
Also time to roast me some chestnuts.

The world is sometimes too much. I hope it is all to be overcome and settle down. Take care.

Pink Lotus said...

Great posting

Kim Shook said...

When I first saw the picture, I thought it was those Sweet Piggies! These, though, sound like an apple dumpling I would love (not very fond of the whole apple bound up in dough thing). Hugs to all!

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