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Guava Dumplings

Fruits, Desserts, and Other Sweet Foods

Guava Dumplings
7 to 9 ripe guava fruits
1 cup granulated sugar, setting 1 Tablespoon aside
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons solid shortening
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

1. Peel the guavas, cut each in half, and mash before adding the Tablespoon of sugar and the cinnamon. Let this rest for ten minutes.
2. Sift flour, baking powder, the rest of the sugar, and half of the salt. Then add the shortening cutting it into the flour with two knives. 3. Clump this dough into a ball, then roll it out thinly. Now cut it into two and a half-inch squares and stack them one on the other.
4. Next, put one heaping tablespoon of the mashed fruit pulp onto each skin and seal these with water. Then crimp them shut with a fork and set them aside not touching one another.
5. Add the dumplings when they water comes to a full rolling boil, and immediately add one cup of cold water. Ten, return the water to a rolling boil. Do this four more times.
6. Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon and immediately toss them with the tablespoon of vegetable oil. Now serve them with the guava sauce; its recipe follows.

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