2 sticks or 1 packet Betty Crocker pie crust mix
6 baking apples (each about 3" in diameter), pared and cored
3 tbsp. raisins
3 tbsp. chopped nuts
2 cups brown sugar (packed)
1 cup water
Sweetened whipped cream

Heat oven to 425F. Prepare pastry for Two-crust Pie as directed on package except - on lightly floured board, roll 2/3 of dough into 14" square; cut into 4 squares. Roll remaining dough into rectangle, 14x7"; cut into 2 squares. Place an apple on each square.

Mix raisins and nuts; fill center of each apple. Moisten corners of square; bring opposite corners of pastry up over apple and press together. Fold in sides of remaining corners; bring corners up over apple and press together. Place dumplings in ungreased baking dish, 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 1 1/2".

Heat sugar and water to boiling; carefully pour around dumplings. Bake about 40 minutes or until crust is brown and apples are tender when pricked with fork. Spoon syrup over apples 2 or 3 times during baking. Serve warm or cool with whipped cream.

6 servings

Peach Dumplings:
Substitute 6 peaches, peeled, halved and pitted, for the apples, and 1/4 cup cranberry relish for the raisins and nuts. Fill centers of each 2 peach halves with relish.