Cran-Apple Dumplings

Course : Dumplings
Serves: 6
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1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup corn oil margarine
2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons ice water -- up to 7
6 medium tart apples -- pared and cored

Preparation / Directions:

1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. 2. Mix in cranberries and nutmeg; return to a boil. 3. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. 4. Stir in 1/3 cup corn oil margarine; remove from heat and cool. 5. In a large mixing bowl cut 2/3 cup margarine into flour with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal; stir in ice water and mix well. 6. Roll dough on lightly floured board into a 14 x 21-inch rectangle; cut into six 7-inch squares. 7 Place an apple in center of each square; spoon cranberry mixture into center of each apple. 8. Bring up corners of dough to meet on top of apple; seal well. 9. Place pastry-wrapped apples in a large baking dish; pour remaining cranberry syrup around apples and bake in preheated 425 F. oven 25 minutes. 10. Baste dumplings with sauce in dish; continue to bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown and apples are tender. 11. Serve warm with sauce.

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