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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.

 

Baked Cranberry-apple Dumplings


desserts, holiday, dumplings

1 x no ingredients

Form pastry into ball; wrap in waxed paper; refrigerate. On waxed paper, combine 2 tablespoon sugar & the cinnamon. Pare and core apples; roll in cinnamon-sugar; reserve any left over. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Butter 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan. On lightly floured pastry cloth, roll pastry into a rectangle 30 by 4-1/2 inches. With pastry wheel or knife, cut lengthwise into 4 strips. Starting at the top, 1 inch from center, spiral a pastry strip around each apple, over- lapping slightly, covering completely. Moisten overlapping edges with cold water; press edges to seal. Press sides and bottoms of pastry against apples. Place in baking dish, sides not touching. Spoon melted butter into centers. Brush pastry with egg yolk mixed with 2 teaspoons water. Sprinkle with reserved cinnamon-sugar. Bake 15 minutes; reduce oven to 350 degrees. Brush pastry again with egg yolk. Continue baking dumplings 20 to 30 minutes longer, or until apples are tender when pierced with knife and pastry is crisp and golden. Meanwhile, make cranberry-apple sauce: In medium saucepan, combine cranberries and sugar. Mash cranberries slightly with spoon. Add maple syrup and 1/4 cup water; mix well. Bring to boiling, stirring, about 3 minutes, or until cranberries pop. Add chopped apple and butter. Bring to boiling; reduce heat, and simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Remove apples to serving dish. Spoon sauce over top and around base of each. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Makes 4 servings. Source: Mc Call's Cooking School