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Apple Dumplings

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2 c shortening
4 c flour
1 T sugar
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup water
3 T lemon juice
10 large, firm, tart apples
3/4 cup brown sugar mixed with 1 t cinnamon, divided
5 t butter divided


2 cups water
1 cup sugar
2 T butter
2 t cinnamon

In large mixing bowl, combine first 5 ingredients. Mix in next 3 ingredients with a pastry blender until mixture hold together. Divide dough in to 10 equal balls.

Peel and core apples. On floured surface, roll out ball in a circle; place apple in center; fill apple with 2 t of sugar mixture and a dot of butter.

Wrap dough evenly around apple. Pinch to seal.

Place in gallon size freezer bags and freeze until ready to use.

Combine sauce ingredients and simmer for 3 minutes. Divide, as you wish, and freeze.

To bake place frozen dumplings in individual ramekins at 475 degrees for 10 minutes and 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Heat sauce and pour over before serving.