I’m a big fan of baked fruit desserts. I enjoy a good cobbler, streusel, pie, tart, etc. Anytime you have a flaky crust/crumble + fruit you can’t go wrong. I’ve wanted to try apple dumplings for a while and figured I’d give it a shot. I made a sweet potato pie a few weeks back and still had some pie dough laying around.
You’ll notice the pie crust is a bit splotchy, not it’s usual buttery looking color. I kept the dough in the fridge a little too long and it started to turn grey. It’s not at all bad, just discolored so don’t be alarmed. It’s just butter and flour so there’s not much that can go wrong.
I picked up a couple apples at Trader Joe’s and decided it was time to bake. It was bad timing on my part, because we had already been cooking and preparing all day for Easter Sunday but I went ahead and made my dessert. The Mrs. questioned my timing but was still my supportive photographer.
Pie crust + apples would be ok by itself, but to make it worthwhile you need suger and butter. I found this quick recipe for the sugar/butter mixture and went with it.
Step 1: Combine the following in sauce pan over high heat.
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoons butter,
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Step 2: Combine the following and stuff it in the middle of the cored apples.
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoons butter, softened
Step 3: Wrap the pie crust completely around the apples and put them in a baking dish. Pour the heated sugar water over the apples and bake for 45 minutes at 375.
I usually pride myself on following instructions but I got too big for my britches and thought I’d overlook a particular instruction. I will not do that again. It is imperative that you place the dumplings seam-side down in the pan. The weight of the pie crust as it heats will cause the dough to FALL OFF the apple and then you’re just left with a naked apple with it’s pants around its knees.
I poured some of the sugar water (it baked in) over the top and added a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. I admit it was quite a sugar rush after eating the whole thing. I may cut down on the sugar next time… or maybe I’ll just eat slower.