Monday, January 24, 2011

Tea and Handmade pottery

This is my first post regarding tea. Taking tea is probably one of my favorite things to do. In brings back many precious memories of tea parties with my mom and her friends. As a young girl there was a great bond of friendship that developed and now has lasted well beyond the years of my mother's life.

I was so pleasantly surprised when our youngest son became a potter. He has made some beautiful pieces. My favorites are the cobalt blue sponge. The chunky tea pot and cup are among some of my very special pieces he has made for me. He also made the crock sitting in the pic. 

Apple dumplings just seem to go with tea. One of my "Tea" friends is a great cook.  She has shared her recipe for the dumplings and they are just wonderful! Won't you join me for a cup of tea and cinnamon apple dumplings. Just smell that great aroma!

I am sure my friend would not mind me sharing her wonderful recipe for the Dumplings:
2 cups white Flour
1 cup of Crisco or shortening of choice
1/2 cup milk
Mix and roll out.  Cut into 6 squares.
Peel core and slice 6 apples.
2 cups Water
1 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Boil this mixture for 3 minutes.
Place sliced apples in the middle of the dough squares and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (Use 1/2 cup sugar and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon to sprinkle)  Put a pat of butter on top of the apples and cinnamon sugar mixture.
Fold dough over the apple slices and round with your hands.  Place in pan and then pour the sauce around the dumplings.  
Bake @ 425 degrees for 40 minutes.  Great with a dollop of ice cream!  Enjoy... 

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