Chilebrown at home

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Today two mortal enemies will take the field of battle. There will be a bloody fight with many people getting hurt and that is not even on the field. The Oakland Raiders will combat the Denver Broncos. This match up has always been a fierce contest of two rivals. The Raiders will be starting with the third string quarterback. I am confident the Silver & Black will be victorious.

A fellow food blogger Leann from “Mangos chili and Z” just so happens to be a Denver Bronco fan. I know, we all have our faults. We have been sparring back and forth who will be the winner today. Hence we are going to have our own little battle. The contest is to make a dish that would be enjoyed by the other team’s fans. I will make a dish for Denver Bronco fans. I have picked Apple Dumplings because bronco’s like apples and a victory would be sweet. It just so happens that an old family recipe is in my repertoire. Let the battle begin.

2 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening or lard (I used half butter and half shortening)
6 to 7 tablespoons cold water

This is your basic pie dough recipe. Cut the shortening into the flour. Add salt. Blend water into flour mixture. Knead briefly till the dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and reserve in the refrigerator.

2/3 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cup of water
2 tablespoons butter
¼ teaspoons cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring mixture to a boil and shutoff heat. Let cool slightly. Take 4 baking apples, peel and core apples. Divide the pastry dough into quarters. Roll dough on a floured surface. Roll into a square large enough to cover apple. Place apple into center of dough. Sprinkle core cavity of apple with a tablespoon of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Take a ½ tablespoon of butter and put on top of the apple core cavity. Fold the dough up and cover apple entirely. Place in dish and pour sauce around dumplings. Bake in 425 oven for 40-45 minutes.

Yes a victory would be sweet just like these dumplings. This is a recipe my family has made for years. It was one of my father’s signature dishes. Let the battle begin.



Zoomie said...

Chilebrown, you charm me. A Raiders fan who bakes. Gotta love it. My aunt's fruit cake has arrived - shall we meet for coffee and trade slices?

Chris said...

Dammit....I was coming over here from Leann's to give you grief on her behalf but now I can't. As soon as I saw your blog, more specifically, your logo, I realized you were a fellow BBQ Brethren. Didn't Brian just make you a custom grill grate? I recognized the logo.

I've got one coming from him right after Christmas, he sent me the proof view Friday.

Lea Ann said...

I have two questions for you:

1) Were you at the game today?

and 2) Do you own a lazer light?

:::::I'm just sayin

Chilebrown said...

I just got off work. listened to every play of the game.This was a most glorious day. We used all three quarterbacks. We overcame the unruly laser pointing fans. Most of all I will be receiving some sort of food item from Co. Just Win Baby! Commitment to Excellence.

Zoomie, Catahoula's Thursday morning?

Chris, You will love it.

Lea Ann, Just say it along with me, Raiders!, Raiders!, Raiders!.

Zoomie said...

Sounds perfect. Looking forward to it already! Can Ms. Goofy join us, I hope?

Anonymous said...
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meathenge said...

Ooooo, you need to get highlandsranchfooie's email address off there as soon as possible. The bots on the net will pick that up and they'll be slammed with spam in no time flat.

Where's the bacon?


Chilebrown said...

highlandsranchfoodie, I just removed your comment on the advice of the Reverernd. If you would like we can start the cheer over. Ready!, Raiders!, Raiders!, Raiders!

Zoomie said...

And what time on Thursday?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for removing that post. I now understand why someone just sent a comment to my blog oddly spelling out their email using the word dot and lots of odd spacing. Thanks for taking care of me Rev! :-)