September 17, 2019
National Apple Dumpling Day
By: Mary Pellegrini
National Apple Dumpling Day is September 17 and these Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings are served hot from the oven at the Old Parkdale Inn. The Hood River Valley’s reputation for quality apples dates back to the 1900 Chicago World’s Fair, where 16 blue ribbons were awarded to local growers. A Chicago newspaper reported that, “Since the Centennial Exposition, everybody in the world knows about Hood River apples.”
For the Sauce:
1 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
For the dumplings:
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
4-5 tbsp milk
4-5 small apples
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a small saucepot, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon and butter. Bring to a boil and stir until the butter melts completely. Remove from heat and let cool while you make the dumplings.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and shortening. Mix with your fingers until dough has a grainy texture (will look sort of like cornmeal). Add the milk and mix until combined.
Roll out dough to 1/8th inch thick on a well floured surface. Cut into 4-5 large squares.
Peel and core your apples then place one apple on each square of dough. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over top of the apple then gently wrap dough around apple, sealing edges with a little water. Don’t worry if the dough doesn’t completely enclose around the apples—just do the best you can.
Place the dumplings in a greased pan and pour the sauce over the dumplings and around the sides of the pan.
Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown.
Let us be home base for exploring and enjoying the Hood River Valley and Mt Hood National Forest. After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn. Relax in the gardens, perhaps with a glass of wine from a bottle you picked up at a local winery or our wine cabinet. We can even have a bonfire, roast some s’mores, if you’d like.
Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound. We partner with Timberline Ski Areas allowing us to offer discounted lift vouchers to our guests. Stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.