I never know what to call this dessert. I never encountered it until my husband requested I make "apple dumplings" for dessert. I searched my cookbooks and found a recipe with this name. It involved wrapping apple slices inside pastry and included a generous cinnamon sauce. I made it and presented it with a smile. While my husband enjoyed it he did tell me it was not the kind of apple dumplings he meant.
I had to go to the source, his mother who had made this dessert during his growing up years. When I sized up the method of preparation, I began calling it apples with dumplings. The apples are cooked in a saucepan, and muffin-like batter is set on top to resemble dumplings. No matter what it's called, I can see why my husband likes it. Here is the recipe in case you'd like to try it as well
In a saucepan, melt 1/4 cup margarine. Stir in 1/2 cup brown sugar and 3 Tbsp flour. Add 1.5 cups of water while stirring and cook until thickened. Add 4 cups chopped or grated apple and 1 Tbsp lemon juice. Remove from heat.
In a bowl, sift together 1 cup flour, 1.5 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar. In a measuring cup, combine 1 beaten egg, 1/4 cup milk and 2 Tbsp melted margarine. Add wet ingredients to the dry ones. Drop by spoonfuls onto the apple mixture. Return pan to the stove and bring to a boil at medium heat. Simmer at reduced heat for 20 minutes. Serve warm.