Melba Lovelace shares recipes, insights and inspiration in her weekly swap shop.
Oklahoman Published: June 18, 2014

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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.


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

2 eggs

7 cups flour

4 tablespoons butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

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