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Recipe: Apple Soup with Dumplings

November 30, 2012

By Stella P.

Photo by Flickr user fotografeleen

This is a recipe that pioneers used on the Oregon Trail.   It comes from the Oregon Trail Resource Guide.  When I made it for my family, everyone loved it.  Although it is an old recipe, it is good enough for modern people, too.

1 fresh apple (or 1 apple’s worth rehydrated apple pieces)
2 1/2 cups water
3/8 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon vinegar

Quarter the apple, core, and slice thinly.  (Or, if using rehydrated apple, cut apple pieces to bite-size.)  Combine apple with sugar and spices in a 2-quart saucepan.  Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes.  Add vinegar and cook for an additional five minutes.  While apple mixture is simmering, prepare dumpling mixture:

1/2 cup flour
1/8 cup cornmeal
1/8 cup sugar
pinch salt
1 egg
1/4 cup water

In a small bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt.  Add egg and mix thoroughly.  Add water in gradually, stirring sparingly as overworking the dough will make it tough.

Drop dough into simmering apple mixture by teaspoon.  Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.  Do not remove cover during cooking.

To serve, spoon some apple slices, juice, and a couple dumplings into each bowl.  Serves 4-6.

You can find a similar recipe and learn more about life on the Oregon Trail at or from the National Park Service.


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