about different cultures by making dumplings.
makes 4 servings
- Book- Stone Soup (sharing food and happiness); Yoko (trying foods from another culture)
- Baking pan
- Ingredients for Apple Dumplings recipe
- Mixing bowl
- Dry and liquid measuring cups and spoons
- Pastry blender or fork
- Rolling pin
- 8-inch plate or plastic lid
- Small bowl
- Pastry brush
- 2 ½ cups all -purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter
- 8 tablespoons cold water
- 4 medium cooking apples
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
- 1 tablespoon raisins
- 1 egg white, slightly beaten
- Granulated sugar for sprinkling
- For pastry, stir together in a medium bowl the flour and salt.
- Add butter and use a pastry blender or fork to cut in the butter
until pieces are the size of small peas.
- Sprinkle 1 tablespoon water over flour mixture and toss gently with
a fork. Repeat with remaining water until dough forms.
- Gently form into a ball and set aside.
- Peel and core apples.
- In small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon; stir in pecans
- Divide pastry dough into four pieces.
- On a lightly floured surface, use rolling pin and roll each piece
into a circle about 1/8-inch thick.
- Trim each portion to an 8-inch circle.
- Place apple in center of circle and fill with cinnamon mixture.
- Bring dough up around apple to resemble a bundle; pressing the edges
together at the top to seal.
- Repeat process for all apples.
- Using a small cookie cutter or table knife, make leaf shapes from
remaining pastry and
gently press on top of each apple.
- Brush each apple with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake at 375° for 35 minutes until apples are tender.
FOR READING TOGETHER:
- Stone Soup. Marcia Brown. 1947 & 1975. Aladdin Books.
(Sharing food and happiness)
- Yoko. Rosemary Wells. 1998. Scholastic Inc. (Trying foods
from another culture)
FOR FAMILY FUN EXPLORATION:
- Read together Stone Soup or Yoko before or after cooking. Discuss
how the story characters might have felt to not have food to eat.
We eat better when we share a meal than when we eat alone!
- Ask if they know what a "dumpling" is.
Background: A dumpling is found in many ethnic groups.
One of the simplest is the Jewish Matzoh balls dropped into broth
Asians have steamed dumplings-a dough filled with chopped vegetables
meat or fish and steamed.
In eastern Europe, they have Pierogi-mashed potatoes wrapped in a
dough and boiled-which looks something like the cheese filled Italian
And what about Apple Dumplings-pastry wrapped around fruit filling?
- Have you ever eaten dumplings? What kind? In the U.S., dumplings
were often made from flour or flour and cornmeal. They made a great
farm or camp meal because you didn't need an oven.
- small or large mound of dough dropped into a soup or stew and cooked
- dough filled with meat, potatoes or cheese and then cooked in liquid,
soup or stew
- fruit filling wrapped in a sweet pastry dough and baked.
- of a specific race or national group
Pioneer Farm Cooking. Mary Gunderson.