Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Apple Dumplings

Simply DIVINE! My friends Mary and Steve are from the Central Pennsylvania area and were talking about how their grandmothers make the best apple dumplings. What's an apple dumplings I asked? They looked at me like I had 10, no 50 heads! And began describing something that sounded so utterly amazing that I had to try it.

  • 5-10 medium apples
  • 2 packages (4 pieces) of pie dough
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
First, I started by coring and peeling the apples. I cut them in half again because I actually didn't have enough apples. For me, that was the perfect size dumpling. I think 1 whole apple is too big. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, 1 cup of white sugar and cinnamon.

Roll the dough out to 1/8" thick. Lay an apple in the middle with a sliver of butter on top or in the center of the apple.

Then fold the dough over the apple and pinch it with a little bit of water to wet your fingers.

Place them in a baking pan. Give them a little room, but if you don't have room, it's ok. They don't puff up that much. In a sauce pan, heat 1/2 stick of butter, water, and the remaining sugar together. Pour over the dumplings any which way. Sprinkle extra cinnamon on top of the dumplings.

Bake for 1 hour. Notice the syrup is brown and bubbly. Mmm

When they are nearly done, ladle the syrup over the dumplings and put them back into the oven. The dumplings will get all brown and crispy.

Remove from oven and eat while warm. My friend Steve told me to put one in a bowl and pour milk over it and eat it like cereal. I loved it this way!!! It was the perfect amount of sweetness! I can't wait to get more apples to do this again.

Have you ever had apple dumplings? Do you eat them with ice cream or milk?


rksquared said...

Oh my gosh, I'm drooling on my keyboard! Did you roll the apples in the white sugar/brown sugar/cinnamon mixture before you put it in the cut up pie crusts?

Jenna said...

It's 5 am and I can't sleep due to an extremely plugged up sinus and now all I can think about are apple dumplings. Oh, apple dumplings!

janice said...

oh my! that looks sooooo good. i'm trying that tonite!