Shaker Recipe of the Month

Church Family Kitchen - Hancock Shaker Village
Kitchen of the Church Family, Hancock Shaker Village
Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, September 1873

April 2014

Shaker Apple Dumplings

4 tart apples 2 tablespoons heavy cream
Pastry for two 9” pie crusts 1 tablespoon rosewater or almond extract
1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup hot maple syrup


Peel and core large, pleasantly sour apples, such as Granny Smith or Greening. Place them in a solution of 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 3 cups water as you peel and core them. The citric acid will keep them from turning brown. Roll pastry to 1/8” thickness and cut into 6-inch squares or squares large enough to wrap around apple. Blend sugar, cream and extract; mix well.


Place each apple in the middle of the pastry square. Fill center of each apple with the cream mixture. Bring corners of pastry square together and moisten the edges so they will cling together when pressed about the apple. Prick pastry with fork to let steam escape. Place apples in a shallow oven-proof baking dish and bake 15 minutes in a preheated hot oven (450F). Baste with hot syrup; reduce heat to 350F and bake another 30 minutes, basting with syrup every 15 minutes. Serve with Hard Sauce. Makes 4 individual servings.

Maple Hard Sauce

1/3 cup butter 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
1 cup sugar powdered


Cream butter until light and fluffy. Gradually cream in maple flavoring, then sugar, a little at a time. Form into balls, or squeeze through a pastry tube into fancy shapes; dust with nutmeg. Chill before serving. These may be made in quantities, and frozen indefinitely. When placed on warm dumplings or puddings, the sauce melts down slowly and mingles its delicate flavor with that of the desert. Makes about 2/3 cup.


These and other Shaker recipes can be found in Shaker Cook Book, by Caroline Piercy and Arthur Tolve (Bowling Green, Ohio, Gabriel’s Horn Publishing Co., 1984). Used by permission.

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