Frau Schmidt’s Apple Dumplings

Note: “Frau Schmidt” must have had quite a sweet tooth. Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar, or use a different sweetener! If you do not have an “agate pudding dish,” you can simply prepare this on the stove top in a large skillet.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups peeled, sliced sour apples
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk or cream


  1. Prepare a syrup of 1 cup sugar, 2 cups of hot water and 1 tablespoon of butter. Pour all into an agate pudding dish. Add to this syrup 2 heaping cups of pared, sliced sour apples.
  2. Let all come to a boil. For the dumplings, sift together one cup of flour and two even teaspoons of baking powder. Add a pinch of salt. Mix into a soft dough or batter with about 3/4 cup of sweet milk or cream. Drop six or eight spoonfuls of this batter into the boiling syrup on top of apples. Cover closely and cook on top of range twenty minutes without uncovering. Serve hot. These dumplings should be light as puff balls. Peaches may be substituted for apples and are delicious.