- 3 pounds cooked good quality ham
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups dried tart apples
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- About 1/2 cup milk
- Place the ham and salt in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the ham is tender, about 2 hours.
- Place the apples in large bowl, cover with water, and soak for 2 to 3 hours. When the ham is tender, add the apples and their soaking liquid to the pot. Add the brown sugar and onions, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hours.
- Into a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Add the egg and melted butter, and enough milk to make a moist, fairly stiff batter.
- Uncover the ham and apples, and bring the cooking liquid to a boil. Drop the batter by tablespoonfuls into the boiling liquid. Cover tightly and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- To serve, transfer the ham to a large platter and let sit for 5 minutes. Carve thinly and spoon the dumplings around the meat. Serve.