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Louisa May Alcott's Apple Slump




  • 6 cups apples, pared, cored, and sliced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • About 1/2 cup milk

New England Nutmeg Sauce

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Combine apple slices, sugar, cinnamon and water in a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Heat to the boiling point.
  2. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. Stir in enough milk to make a soft dough.
  4. Drop dough from a tablespoon onto apple mixture.
  5. Cover tightly and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with New England Nutmeg Sauce or rich cream.
  7. Nutmeg Sauce: Mix together sugar and flour.
  8. Stir in boiling water and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce bubbles and thickens slightly.
  9. Add 1 tablespoon butter and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg.
  11. Serve hot.

Yield: 6 servings

This dessert can also be made with fresh or frozen berries.


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