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Here in the South we love apples.  We like them any way you fix them.  Apple pies, apple dumplings, apple cake, applesauce or apple butter or fried apples, we like them all!   I call these my fat apple dumplings because they are big and bigger is better in the South.  This is a great recipe for the fall of the year.

Pastry ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup milk (I use 2 percent)
2 tablespoons sugar
Spread for Dough
1 tablespoon brown sugar for each piece of dough
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg for each piece of dough
1 slice of margarine for each piece of dough
4 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup margarine
Combine all ingredients for the pastry until makes a ball of dough.  Divide into 4 pieces, roll out each piece and spread with one tablespoon brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg,  a pat of margarine or butter, and 1/4 of the apples.  In a pan on top of the stove combine the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil.  Boil until sugar melts or about 3 or 4 minutes.  Place the dumplings in a baking dish and pour the sauce over them.  Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes until brown on top.
Spoon extra sauce over dumplings and serve with ice cream or whipped cream.  Makes 4 large dumplings.  Enjoy!
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  1. Do you have a vanilla sauce recipe? That’s what we always had over are dupplings.

  2. Love apple dupplings, but always remember having a warm vanilla sauce at are 5 and 10 cent store.

  3. Assuming you don’t bake these flat after you’ve rolled out the dough I’m a little unclear how to form the dumplings. Do you just fold over the sides?

  4. Do you have recommendation of what type of apples are best?

  5. I love your recipes and use them ALL the time! Absolutely love them! I am looking for a recipe I remember my Mom and I used to make but she died and the last time I made it was well over 40 years ago..It is Vinegar Dumplings…I would so appreciate your help. It is getting to that season again for baking without all the heat! Thanks so very much!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Sorry, Linda, I have not heard of vinegar dumplings. If I come across the recipe I will post it.

      • I actually have a recipe for vinegar dumplings I received from a pioneer friend who has passed on. I would be happy to share it if you want.

    • •2 c. water
      •2 tbsp. oil
      • 1/2 c. vinegar
      •3/4 c. sugar
      •1 tbsp. cornstarch
      •Pinch of salt
      •1 c. milk
      •1/2 c. oil
      •1/4 tsp. soda
      •2 1/2 c. flour
      • 1 tsp. baking powder


      In a pan, mix water and cornstarch well. Add sugar, vinegar and salt; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. In a bowl, mix dumplings as for drop biscuits. Drop into boiling syrup, 1 teaspoon at a time. Cook until done. To test for doneness, stick with toothpick to see if the center is doughy.

    • Linda, I found a recipe for vinegar dumplings and posted below, hope this helps, enjoy

  6. I made this and it was fabulous, but I used butter in my pie crust recipe, it was soooooo good! Then I tried it another time with your oil crust recipe and used non-dairy creamer instead of the milk, and margarine to make it parve. Oh, it was a disaster! I had a horrible time with the crust and just sort of molded the dough around the apples like a big baseball. Looks good, though, and can’t wait to taste it. I love your blog, reminds me of back home in GEORGIA!

  7. Love your recipes !!! All are easy and “Delish” !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. phyllis harrington says:

    My grandmother
    made them in a stew pot ,with lots of water. That made a doughy soft dumpling . served with milk and sugar !!. Ah the old days …need I say Pennsylvania Dutch !!!!!!!!!!

  9. Why do you slice the apples?

  10. What is your favorite apple to use?

  11. Just what I was looking for! I went to the orchards the other day and have a bunch of apples to use up! These look delicious 🙂

  12. Oh my goodness, Judy…those look so good! Looking at that last picture literally makes my mouth water. I love almost everything made with apples.

  13. “One moment on the lips for ever on the hips” but I am sure it is worth every mouthful! Looking forward to giving this one a try!

  14. Good lord, you know any recipe that starts with fat, odds are, will be good. This looks like a winner.

  15. Oh, Lord! It will soon be apple season and these will be on my table. I love apple dumplings…and these look amazing. Balisha

  16. Perfect recipe for fall! My favorite place to get apples is the Virginia Farm market up near Winchester. I won’t get to go this year (no vacation funds 🙁 ) but I’l try this recipe with some local apples till I can get back to Virginia!

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