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Thelma's Deep Dish Apple Dumplings

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  • 2 (20 ounce) cans sliced apples, drained (save juice)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 teaspoons red hots candy
  • Butter


  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup red hots
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Have ready six 10-inch deep dishes.
  2. Dumpling: Mix apples and other ingredients. Roll out pastry (the size of a small egg) into a 10-inch round circle; line deep dish. Let hang over sides. In bottom of each, put a small pat of butter and 1 teaspoon red hots. Put in apples, dividing equally into the 6 deep dishes. Fold dough over top; place on sheet pan. Bake for 45 minutes.
  3. Sauce: Heat candy in apple juice to dissolve candy.
  4. Boil and mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water. Add to mixture and continue to cook until clear.
  5. Serve hot over apple dumplings.
  6. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra treat.

Source: Thelma's Restaurant at the Ramada Inn - Effingham, Illinois