old-fashioned apple raisin dumplings

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  • add   1/2 cup whole milk plus 1/2 tablespoon for brushing<B>For syrup</b>
  • add   2 teaspoons baking powder
  • add   2 cups all-purpose flour
  • add   1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • add   1/3 cup coarse fresh bread crumbs
  • add   2 small tart apples such as Granny Smith (1/2 lb), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • add   3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • add   1/4 teaspoon cinnamon<B>For dough</b>
  • add   1/3 cup raisins
  • add   1 cup packed light brown sugarAccompaniment: vanilla ice cream
  • add   1/2 teaspoon salt
  • add   1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • add   1 1/2 cups unfiltered apple cider
  • add   2 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening
  • add   <B>For filling</b>
  • add   3 tablespoons granulated sugar plus 1/2 tablespoon for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Make filling:
  2. Toss together all filling ingredients.
  3. Make dough:
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  5. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and 3 tablespoons granulated sugar into a bowl. Blend in butter and shortening with a pastry blender or your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1/2 cup milk and stir with a fork just until mixture is moistened.
  6. Turn out dough onto a floured work surface and gently knead 7 to 8 times, or until a soft dough forms (do not overwork dough, or dumplings will be tough). Roll out dough on a well-floured surface with a floured rolling pin into a rough 16- by 11-inch rectangle (about 3/4 inch thick). Trim to a 15- by 10-inch rectangle. Halve dough lengthwise, then cut crosswise in thirds (to form 6 squares).
  7. Fill dumplings:
  8. Divide filling among centers of squares. Bring all 4 corners together over filling and pinch together to
  9. seal. Transfer dumplings to a
  10. well-buttered 13- by 9- by 2-inch ceramic or glass baking dish and arrange about 1 inch apart. Brush
  11. tops with remaining 1/2 tablespoon milk and sprinkle with remaining
  12. 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar.
  13. Make syrup and bake dumplings:
  14. Bring cider and brown sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  15. Pour syrup around dumplings, then bake dumplings until golden brown and syrup is bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve immediately.