How To Make Fashionable Apple Dumplings - The Victorian Way

  • Published on Jul 26, 2019
  • Today, it looks like we’ve stumbled across Mrs Crocombe at rest knitting some dishcloths. In actual fact, she’s hard at work; these dishcloths help to produce a rather interesting texture to today’s recipe - Fashionable Apple Dumplings.
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    Apples (such as Cox's or Russets)
    Marmalade (Orange or lemon)
    And for the suet crust:
    225g flour
    85g suet
    A generous pinch of salt
    Cold water
    You will also need some knitted dishcloths.
    Start by making your suet crust (a type of pastry containing suet). This can be made with 225g flour, 85g suet, a generous pinch of salt and some cold water. Gradually mix the ingredients in a bowl until you have a smooth, elastic dough.
    Next, peel and core the apples. Place a few spoonfuls of your favourite marmalade into the hole in the middle of each apple.
    Roll out your suet crust dough until it’s thin, then place an apple in the middle and wrap the pastry entirely around it. Cut off any excess, and make sure the suet crust completely seals around the apple until it’s smooth all over. Wrap the apple in a dishcloth that has been coated with melted butter, and tie the top with string to ensure that it’s tightly wrapped. Repeat this process for each apple.
    To cook, place the apple parcels into a pan of already boiling water (otherwise the apples will disintegrate). Keep it at a simmer for just under an hour depending on the size of the apples. Once cooked, removed the apple parcels from the pan and carefully remove the cloth. Serve on their own or with cream.
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  • English Heritage
    English Heritage  Month ago +1278

    Thank you for watching! We’ve anticipated some of your questions about this recipe and have included the answers below. Have another question? Reply to this comment and we’ll aim to answer the most upvoted comments.
    As Mrs Crocombe says, suet crust is really easy. Just gradually combine the following ingredients in a bowl until you have a smooth, elastic dough:
    225g flour
    85g suet
    A generous pinch of salt
    Cold water
    Suet is the hard fat around the kidneys of most animals. It is easily available online, and we would recommend using the real stuff. The leading brand in the UK is Atora, but there are others available . You can get vegetarian suet online as well. If you really can't get it, you could try wrapping your apples in bread dough and see if that works - let us know!
    Any eating apple should work for this recipe, but we'd advise older varieties such as Cox or Pippin. A Braeburn or Golden Delicious will work. A Bramley or a Granny Smith (or other cooking varieties) won't work as they tend to turn to mush when cooked for this long.
    The cloth gives the dumplings their distinctive pattern, so while you can use a standard (cotton) pudding cloth or tea towel, it won't be quite the same. You can buy them quite easily, or you can knit (or crochet) your own, in which case make sure you use 100% cotton wool. (Usually sold specifically as dishcloth wool).
    Probably not, no, for you could buy anything! But Kathy Hipperson’s interpretation of Avis Crocombe is that she likes to train her maids in all aspects of the job, as well as preparing them for life beyond the kitchen. Most girls would have learnt to knit from their mothers, as it was a basic life skill at the time. Working as a domestic servant often meant keeping a close eye on the household budget, and that might lead to knitting your own cloths. Many people also enjoyed knitting for pleasure. And yes, Kathy really can knit, and very well too. She really did make most of her own dishcloths for this video.
    Boiling was the most energy efficient way to cook. A vessel full of boiling water could be used to cook many things simultaneously, and frequently the poor in the UK (and elsewhere) would cook their food in bags in a cauldron over the same fire which provided heat for their home. Further up the social scale, cooking over direct heat, either by roasting (in the old sense of cooking in front of a fire), or grilling (in the current American English use, which was also the UK English use of the word until the late 19th century), was also used, but was not efficient at all. Kitchens often used the heat from the roasting fire to heat a cauldron for boiling as well. Baking was only open to those rich enough to afford an oven (unless they took food to the local bakers to be baked). Ovens were neither as controllable or usable as modern ovens -cooking over fire or in a range was both. However, when historic books refer to boiling they use it as a catch all term, and this can be misleading, for they often mean poaching, which is rather gentler.
    We cannot guarantee the results if you bake them without boiling first, but if you try this approach please report back. We'd advise boiling them for 45 minutes then removing them from the cloth and baking for 10-15m at 180c / 350f.
    Fashionable Apple Dumplings were a second course dish, not dessert, so possibly a bit more savoury than we would imagine a sweet to be today, when we are used to very sweet, rather simple flavours and textures.

    • Azure'Ra Morganna
      Azure'Ra Morganna 7 days ago

      My toddler loves you! We watch you as part of our bedtime routine. She even plays in her play kitchen making water ice. And repeats the ingredients as they are listed in the vids
      💙💙thank you!

    • Alpiage Mizzy
      Alpiage Mizzy Month ago

      I definitely just read the whole thing in Mrs Crocombe's voice 🤣

    • Sarah Cohen
      Sarah Cohen Month ago

      How did the real Mrs Crocombe treat her kitchen maids?

    • The Druid Barbarian
      The Druid Barbarian Month ago

      doomcake Take a look at their pinned comment at the top ;)

    • Rei Struga
      Rei Struga Month ago

      Love you guys!

  • Omar Martínez Olvera
    Omar Martínez Olvera 4 hours ago

    so much better than the other video about the pigeon pie

  • leti Sherlin
    leti Sherlin 11 hours ago

    But this dished waste essentials water of Apple.

  • matt b
    matt b 22 hours ago

    What video was Edgar in

  • Floating Sunfish
    Floating Sunfish Day ago +1

    Mr. Crocombe is *_one_* lucky man.

  • Ara Cheli
    Ara Cheli Day ago +1

    "How do you like them apples"
    - Maybe Edgar 😂

    • Kelly B
      Kelly B 19 hours ago +1

      Best comment by far😂😂💖

  • Kristy Burgess
    Kristy Burgess 2 days ago

    They look so cute ☺️☺️😘

  • Beauty on a Barn Budget

    I would boil them, then put a egg wash on and bake them til golden. Think they would look/taste better that way.

  • Pedrito Informa
    Pedrito Informa 3 days ago

    Please more videos Like a this!

  • Milø
    Milø 3 days ago

    Gordon Ramsay got nothing on Mrs. Crocombe

  • pereiramariana35
    pereiramariana35 4 days ago

    is suet still a thing? like do people actually use it nowadays and buy it in groceries easily?

  • Ergo Sum Adrieyl
    Ergo Sum Adrieyl 4 days ago

    WHaaaAAATT that looks like Tripe 😪🤕

  • colleen t
    colleen t 4 days ago

    There you go, more boiled food

  • caseysavestheday
    caseysavestheday 4 days ago

    Dear English heritage, I must say, your videos with Mrs. Crocombe are a delight. It is exceptional, especially in this sort of ridiculous Modern Age that we live in, to turn back a page, and especially those of us with childhoods in which we grew up with grandparents and great-grandparents of a much older generation who kept some traditions alive, a step back into familiarity. And so many ways Mrs Crocombe is whom I credit with saving what would have been an otherwise catastrophic dinner that I held. And if it weren't for Mrs Crocombe, teaching me a trick or two, and how to make things that I ran out of, like butter, I would have been lost and i also credit her for the inspiration she gave me to create both a dark soup and a light soup for a dinner party, although the dark soup was actually the soup that I had served to this dinner party, we ran out, and more guests showed up. Well luckily, Mrs. Crocombe taught me to have two soups at the ready. The pigeon pie was excellent. That was a little difficult for me to make, on account of the fact that I am admittedly a little poor, and I don't have gas service to my apartment, for cooking, it was too expensive and I couldn't maintain that. I was determined, however, with Mrs Crocombe and her can-do spirit as my inspiration (she can do anything, I tell ya, I am convinced her maiden surname is Poppins and she has a sister named Mary) I did not let anything obstacle me. I had to go to a neighbour's to create half of it and then make the other half in my apartment and then bring the two together ( a great big thank you to my upstairs neighbour who very kindly allowed me to use her gas stove and oven ) but It turned out rather delightful. And finally, I would love to make a request here, I have a particular fondness for the Victorian Rose Cake. I am trying to recreate Mrs Crocombe's recipes on a budget, but, that has been the one thing I have been looking to see her make for a while, and to see her version of a rose cake, it would be magnificent!! Here in the United States, especially here on the west coast of the United States, where the culture is very non-traditional (almost anti traditional) it is ironically countercultural to be traditional. And just given the social mindset and attitudes of the American West Coast, which can be very laid-back and hippie and informal to the point of looking at any formality or tradition as alien or completely unheard of, I find that one way to introduce people on the American West Coast to these traditional and specifically traditionally English things is through food. Everyone loves to eat. And part of my happiness is sharing with my dinner guests the story of the recipe. And all of the facts from Audley end house that I've learned from Mrs Crocombe make wonderful ways to introduce English heritage to a place so cutting edge (for lack of a better phrase) that everything old is new to them. So, please do a rose cake video, because I have been waiting to see mrs. Crocombe do that for a while, and please tell "her" that she is a true inspiration, and that her recipes are a real hit in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and please tell her that this American, more accurately an american-born expatriated Englishmen (I am an Evans) thanks her for not only bringing so many great dishes to life in these wonderful videos, but also, to my very small, but very loving, table at home. Please never stop doing these videos. And also thank you Mrs Crocombe for saving, like an English angel, one of my dinner parties! :-)The warmest and very best of wishes to her and to all of Audley end house and to English heritage!
    Casey Evans
    Seattle, WA, USA
    PS: Your laundry video taught me the buttermilk trick to get ink stains out of fabric. You saved my best outfit the night before a job interview. Thank you for that, too!

  • Chouun Shiryu
    Chouun Shiryu 5 days ago

    Next projects :
    How to make pizza , the victorian way
    How to make coffee , thd victorian way

  • Daniela Zumpano
    Daniela Zumpano 5 days ago

    Amazing 😍😍

  • Angel Valentin
    Angel Valentin 7 days ago

    She is lightweight shady. I love it!

  • spacemonkey340
    spacemonkey340 7 days ago

    Questions --why would the housekeeper make marmalade? In a house like this would that task not fall to the still room maid?

  • Darien Andrew
    Darien Andrew 8 days ago

    Y'all should document the people who were "testers" for poisonous Victorian food. Just saying. :)

  • A Kayfabe
    A Kayfabe 8 days ago

    Mrs Crocombe, what could I use in my dumpling crust as an alternate to suet? I notice many of your recipes call for suet. I “work in a modern house” with diet restrictions not usual to your time period. Suet being a beef product is not appreciated by the “ Lord and Lady” of this house. I need a suitable alternative.

  • kkosif Roy
    kkosif Roy 8 days ago

    There is one more English heritage you may forget - Hong Kong.
    When will English protect such heritage?

  • Lost my wallet
    Lost my wallet 8 days ago

    Did Edgar ever become the head gardener???

  • Arjel Agustin
    Arjel Agustin 8 days ago

    Erm... that's a modern fork madam

  • Jennifer Mayberry
    Jennifer Mayberry 8 days ago

    I love how pleasant she is 😊❤️

  • kode0mon
    kode0mon 9 days ago

    boiled apple dumplings in dish cloths i must say that is a new one on me

  • Corey Reid
    Corey Reid 10 days ago

    Apple dumplings **twist-squeezes Tyra breasts** BUT MAKE IT FASHION.

  • Lord Keltain
    Lord Keltain 10 days ago


  • Leska Estrella
    Leska Estrella 10 days ago

    Her hands tell a story... a hard working woman who does her job well and beats the maids who get out of line.. that’s a woman I can get behind.

  • Holly Shue
    Holly Shue 10 days ago

    Am I the only person who finds the recipe visually satisfying?

  • Rachel Hagen
    Rachel Hagen 11 days ago

    I want to cook with Mrs Crocombe

  • Er Cysak
    Er Cysak 13 days ago

    This will taste like shit

  • Linen Gray
    Linen Gray 13 days ago

    Please, please do a roast with pudding.

  • Boulevard Du Fil
    Boulevard Du Fil 13 days ago

    merci !!

  • heck yeah
    heck yeah 13 days ago +1

    i want to hug every character in this series

  • adamfeoras
    adamfeoras 13 days ago

    If I had been an English lord a hundred years ago, I have a feeling I would've caused a scandal out of who I married. Say, for instance, the cute country girl who makes amazing apple dumplings.

  • Kahl
    Kahl 15 days ago +1

    Am I the only one that's hoping and praying that Mrs. Crocombe has a whole line up of holiday recipes for the upcoming holiday seasons? 🤞🤞

  • Southern Lady
    Southern Lady 16 days ago

    That kitchen.....😍😍😍

  • BombshellBoss
    BombshellBoss 16 days ago

    Note to self...learn how to make Suet Pastry!!

  • Alveena Babar
    Alveena Babar 16 days ago

    Kinda gross

  • Tobastion
    Tobastion 16 days ago

    ay yo when the fuck they get youtube back then

  • Elmer A. Mares
    Elmer A. Mares 17 days ago

    Who the hell is Edgar? Idk how the heck I'll get those perfect sized apples he picked out. FML I'm so lost with this recipe. She also mentions some chick that made that orange marmalade?? This video doesn't explain anything!! DISLIKE!! Now I just have a gooy mess and extremely wrong sized apples. Never trusting this 18 century chick or Edgar again.

  • Anonymous Anonymous
    Anonymous Anonymous 18 days ago

    She looks like the wife of mr. Bean.

  • 최지훈
    최지훈 18 days ago

    와.. 정성이 가득..! 음식 맛있어보여요!

  • ああ
    ああ 18 days ago

    I like her dish❤️❤️❤️

  • Bo C
    Bo C 18 days ago

    I'm a 15 year old American and I enjoy the heck out of this

  • ravjot bamrah
    ravjot bamrah 18 days ago +2

    Won’t some of the strings on the dishcloth stay on the apples?

    • ravjot bamrah
      ravjot bamrah 13 days ago

      Alexandra Su ya I guess it’s ok now that I think about it. Thank you for clearing that up

    • Alexandra Su
      Alexandra Su 13 days ago

      @ravjot bamrah isn't there a cooking thread to tie roasts together? And I dont think it's a lot of thread. Its not like you are eating straight up pillow stuffing. Now that's gross. As long as you don't tastes it or feel it or see it shouldn't be a problem. (Unless its like germs or something)

    • ravjot bamrah
      ravjot bamrah 13 days ago

      Alexandra Su but that is kinda gross when you think about it. Like tasting some strings

    • Alexandra Su
      Alexandra Su 15 days ago

      I mean. I don't think you will die from it so.... I guess its okay

  • rocky362
    rocky362 19 days ago

    I love this series. She looks like a thick Sporty Spice.💅

  • Gandhi
    Gandhi 19 days ago

    Can you make cookies, the victorian way

  • Thiên Thiên
    Thiên Thiên 19 days ago

    không ngon lắm nhề

  • Лю Милич
    Лю Милич 20 days ago


  • i myself
    i myself 20 days ago

    Pls upload more recipe videos

  • Mika Eagley
    Mika Eagley 20 days ago +1

    I dont want normal apple dumplings I WANT FASHIONABLE ONES

  • Nour
    Nour 21 day ago +1


  • ZM
    ZM 21 day ago

    This remind me of the English Baking Show

  • Sailor Deathstar
    Sailor Deathstar 21 day ago favorite...soggy dough with a squishy ...squishy apple.....lovely

  • A.J London
    A.J London 22 days ago

    The Good Old Days. When the servants knew their place and did not attempt to rise above their station. When women had no rights and could not vote or be admitted into universities. When men remained in the class to which they were born. The Gold Old Daze: Horrid.

  • Shiloh 2cute
    Shiloh 2cute 23 days ago

    I would love to see them make cheese. I know, they didn't really make cheese, but there's something about cheese that makes me wanna make them. lol

  • LeoM
    LeoM 23 days ago

    How to make fashionable balls of wool - the victorian way!

  • Aleksandra Z
    Aleksandra Z 23 days ago

    I'm a very big fan of classic Tomb Raiders and some of these videos give me a Lara's Home/Croft Manor vibes idk why 😂

  • Jack Sullivan
    Jack Sullivan 23 days ago

    Queen has the best job oh my gosh