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History Cookbook: Apple Dumplings

This recipe is in categories Interwar Years, Baking, Desserts
About this recipe
Healthiness : (65 votes)
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes

As with many recipes popular in the Interwar period, this was a very sugary recipe. Not one to cook too often but delicious as an occasional treat.
  • 8 oz (240g) flour
  • ¼ pint (0.15 l) milk
  • 2 oz (60g) butter
  • ¾ pint (0.4 l) water
  • 4 teaspoonfuls baking powder
  • ½ teaspoonful salt
  • 6 apples
  • 7 oz (210g) sugar
1 oz = 28.35g rounded up in this recipe to 30g
1 UK pint = 0.568 Litres
  • Weighing scales
  • Teaspoon
  • Measuring jug
  • Sieve
  • Rolling Pin
  • Chopping board
  • Baking tin
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Pan
Making and cooking it
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  1. Sift dry ingredients into a basin
  2. Rub in the butter
  3. Mix with enough milk to form a soft dough
  4. Turn on to a floured pastry board
  5. Roll out and cut into 6 inch squares
  6. In the centre of each square place one apple (peeled and cored)
  7. Cover with a tablespoonful of sugar
  8. Draw up the pastry corners
  9. Moisten the corners, twist and pinch together
  10. Place side by side in a well-buttered baking tin
  11. Pour over the water and remainder of sugar
  12. Bake in a quick oven for about 45 minutes or until crisp and well baked
  13. Remove and serve hot with the liquid in the pan
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Name: Ashleigh 23rd June 2014
Ooh this was so delicious!! We used brown sugar inside and it tasted fantastic!!
Name: Ait 26th September 2013
I think this recipe sounds nice I'm so going to try it !!!
Name: Richard 15th April 2013
something most of these food videos coltlepemy leave out is WHY each ingredient is added to the it for texture? is it for the salty, sweet, sour flavour? why cook it for that time? do you add all the ingredients at once or what are the timings for each?what does each ingredient bring to the completed product and how does it relate to all the others ..
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