Similar to apple cobbler, but oh, so much better!
This is a multi-step recipe.
2 C flour – stirred well
1Tbsp plus 1 Tsp baking powder
½ Tsp salt
¼ Tsp baking soda
4 Tbsp COLD butter (cut into bits)
1 C buttermilk (if you do not have buttermilk, place 1 Tbsp white vinegar in a 1 cup measure and add enough milk to make 1 C. Allow to clabber for a few minutes.)
Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into the mixture with a pastry cutter or two knives until the mixture looks like crumbs. Pour the buttermilk into the center and mix quickly, but only enough to bring the dough together. It will be very sticky.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Sprinkle a little flour over the dough and fold it 4-6 times. Press the dough into a 1” thick circle and cut out biscuits with a 2” or 3” cutter (a glass works just fine).
2 Cups diced apple (about 1/4- 1/2″ pieces)
1 Tbsp white sugar
¼ Tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp Water
Place diced apple in a small pot. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp white sugar, ¼ Tsp cinnamon and 1 Tbsp water. Simmer gently for 5 minutes or microwave for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
1/2 Cup white sugar
1/2 Cup packed DARK brown sugar
1 Cup Water1/2 Cup (one stick) melted butter
1 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla
(Note: you can used a 12 ounce can of biscuits, but there is something magical about making things from scratch.)Flatten the biscuit rounds and drop generous spoonfuls of apple mixture onto each round & seal (like a little purse), turning sealed side down into 9x 13″ baking dish. In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, stir together sugar(s), water, vanilla & butter. Pour over dumplings. Sprinkle the top liberally with cinnamon; Bake @ 350 for 35- 40 min (baste them at 20 min to ensure a bit more glazed top). The glaze will appear very watery, but it will boil down into a luscious caramel-like glaze. Wonderful warm or cold. We like it warm with a little vanilla ice cream on top.