Pie Recipes

Louisa May Alcott's Apple Slump

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Yield: 6 servings



  • 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 all-purpose 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.

New England Nutmeg Sauce

  1. Mix together sugar and flour.
  2. Stir in boiling water and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce bubbles and thickens slightly.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon butter and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg.
  5. Serve hot.


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

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