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                        BLACKBERRY DUMPLINGS JO ANN
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Pies                             Dumplings
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         -----DOUGH FROM OFFICIAL GRANNIE-----
    1 3/4   c            Unsifted all-purpose flour
      2/3   c            Vegetable shortening
    1       c            Sugar
                         Dash salt
      1/2   t            Salt
      1/3   c            Cold water
    4       c            Washed fresh blackberries
      1/4   c            All-purpose flour
      1/2   c            Butter -- or more
    1       c            Simple Syrup -- seenote
    1       c            Crushed berries
    1       c            Unwhipped cream
                         -from neighbors cow if poss
     Sift together flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut in shortening
   with a pastry blender until mixture resembles large coarse crumbs.
   Sprinkle water over flour mixture, using a fork to stir it in gently
   to make it gather into a ball (the less water the better - just
   enough to hold it together). Turn out onto a lightly floured board
   and shape with your hands into two balls, one slightly larger than
   the other. Chill dough for 1 hour, then roll out ball to a  8 or 9
     Now, mix sugar, butter and all-purpose flour in a separate bowl,
   then add a dash of salt and stir in berries.
    Mix some of the “crushed berries” into the simple syrup.
    Mound about a cup of the berry mixture onto the circle of dough,
   fold over the edges to enclose the filling.
    Repeat until all dough and berries are used.
    Preheat oven to 350f degrees.
    The enclosed bundles of berries are placed in a 9x13 baking pan.
   Over this a syrup is poured to the depth of the first knuckle of my
   grandmother’s index finger (maybe about one inch). I'm guessing it
   was a simple sugar syrup, but maybe with the addition of some smashed
   blackberries. All of this was cooked in a 350 degree oven until it
   looked REALLY good--brown and bubbly--with the whole house smelling
   Seenote; Simple Syrup
   2 1/2   cups sugar
      3/4     cups light corn syrup
   1 1/4   cups water
   Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar
   is completely dissolved. When clear, wash down sides of pan with a brush
   dipped in cold water. Cover saucepan for 5 minutes to allow steam to
   dissolve any remaining sugar crystals. Uncover and increase the heat. Boil
   without stirring for 5 minutes. cool, pour into jars, and cover tightly.
   Store at room temperature. Makes about 2 3/4 cups.
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