The Apple Dumpling Gang rides again
DEAR MELBA: This is one of my older recipes, but I still make it, and it’s always a hit with the gang.
1 stick margarine, melted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 package refrigerated crescent rolls, separated into triangles
2 apples, peeled and quartered
1 container (10 ounces) lemon-lime soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9-by-13-inch baking dish. In small mixing bowl, combine margarine, sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
Spread crescent roll triangles on flat surface. Place an apple quarter at the larger end of each triangle. Roll up, making sure apple is completely wrapped. Arrange in prepared baking dish. Spoon sugar mixture over dumplings. Pour soda around edges of pan. Bake about 40 minutes. Serve warm.
— Carol of N.C.
DEAR MELBA: My wife was a good cook, and one of my favorite dishes that she made was this Swedish tea ring. This recipe makes two tea rings. The recipe calls for raisins, but they’re not my favorite fruit, so my wife always left them out.
SWEDISH TEA RING
2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water (105 to 115 degrees)
11/2 cups lukewarm milk
1/2 cup shortening
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup sugar
7 cups flour
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup raisins, optional
In large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Mixing with spoon, add milk, shortening, salt, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs and about half the flour, or as much as needed to make a dough easy to handle.
Turn onto lightly floured board. Knead with hands until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Put in greased bowl and grease top of dough. Cover with damp cloth. Let rise in warm place until double, about 11/2 hours.
Punch down, let rise again until almost double, about 30 minutes.
Divide dough in two parts. Roll each into rectangles about 1/4-inch thick. Spread each with about 2 tablespoons softened butter, leaving about 1-inch around edge.
In medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, cinnamon and raisins. Divide into half and sprinkle over dough rectangles. Roll each as for jellyroll. Form in circle and pinch the two ends together. Lay on greased pizza pans or tea ring pans. With kitchen shears, cut slits 1-inch apart almost to center of ring. As you cut, turn each slice flat onto the pan all the way around, all in the same direction. Brush with melted butter or margarine. Let rise 35 to 40 minutes.
Bake in preheated 375-degree oven 25 to 30 minutes. While still warm, brush with melted butter and frost with thin icing. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.
— Rex Andis, Oklahoma City
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
21/2 to 3 cups confectioners sugar
In medium saucepan, melt butter. Add cream, salt and vanilla. Stir well. Add confectioners sugar to make thin frosting. Spread over warm tea ring.
DEAR MELBA: I am trying to find the instructions for a crocheted hat for a little girl. It lays over the top of the head and the ears and ties under the chin. The back of the hat looks like a ponytail, with four or five spiral curls hanging down. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, if anyone wants to share.
— Eula Smith, Yukon
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