Apple Pecan "Mummy" Dumplings
Author: Kelly Jaggers
Ingredients
For the pastry "bandages"
  • 2 cups unbleached, un-enriched all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup finely ground pecans, or your preferred nut
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled (I prefer Kerrygold)
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice water
For the apple "bodies"
  • 3 organic Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 8 wedges
  • ¼ cup evaporated cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 organic, cane-juice-sweetened dry cranberries
Instructions
  1. Begin by making the pastry.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, ground pecans, sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine. Add the cubed butter and, with your fingers, rub the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture looks like coarse sand studded with pea sized pieces of butter.
  3. Add the water, starting with 5 tablespoons and adding additional water a tablespoon at a time, and mix with your fingers until the dough is shaggy but forms a moist clump when pressed together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press into a rough rectangle. Don’t worry if the dough feels too shaggy at this point, it will smooth out as you knead. Fold the dough in half and press it out with your palm to form a ½-inch thick rectangle. Repeat this process 4 more times, then wrap the dough in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Once chilled roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is between ⅛ and ¼-inch thick. Using a pizza cutter slice the dough into long strips. Thinner is better, but they should not all be the same size. The more rustic the better, just make sure they are no thicker than ¼-inch thick. Place the strips on a baking sheet, cover with plastic and chill for 10 minutes.
  5. Heat the oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Once chilled it is time to wrap the mummies.
  7. With a clean towel pat the apple slices dry. In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon and mix until thoroughly combined. Toss the apple slices in the cinnamon sugar mixture then wrap the apple slices in 2-3 strips of the dough each to give them a mummy look.
  8. Place the wrapped mummies skin side down on the parchment lined baking sheet about 1-inch apart. Sprinkle the tops with additional cinnamon sugar. Cut each cranberry into 4 pieces. Place two bits of cranberry between the strips of dough at the top of the apple to make eyes.
  9. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the dough is lightly golden brown and the apple is tender. You can test for tenderness by piercing the apple, where it is exposed from the wrappings, with a paring knife. When the knife slides in and out with ease they are done. Cool for 3 minutes on the pan before transferring to a serving dish. Enjoy warm or at room temperature!
Recipe by Eating Rules at http://www.eatingrules.com/2012/10/apple-pecan-mummy-dumplings/