Remember those old movies? Tim Conway and Don Knotts? Fumbling stupidity? Man our elementary school used to show them after school for a quarter, those were the days. Alas my kids are a bit too young or old too enjoy the Apple Dumpling Gang for real but they do enjoy my Apple Dumplings, gang.
Have you ever had an apple dumpling? You really need to make these while the apples are fresh, cheap and delicious. Think baked apple wrapped in pie crust and brushed with caramel syrup hot out of the oven. Thankfully you don't NEED to get into a bathing suit anytime soon so enjoy these sweet little beauties while you can before bare body parts season comes around.
Apple Dumplings oven 425˚ and 350˚
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup shortening-I use butter I always do in pie crust
5-7 Tablespoons cold water
6 small baking apples
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
2 Tablespoons butter
in a bowl mix the first 3 ingredients
cut in the shortening or butter
alternately use a food processor, I did
when the flour looks like coarse crumbs slowly add just enough water to make a ball of dough
roll the dough out and cut into 6 equal squares, how big depends on the size of your apples
core the apples, you can also peel them but the skin cooks up just fine
mix the sugar, butter and cinnamon together and pack into the cavity of each apple
wrap each apple in dough, gently stretching to make them fit
if you have enough leftover dough make cute little stems and leaves
or not, your call
place in large baking pan big enough to keep the apples from touching
chill in the fridge for 30 minutes
meanwhile boil the last 3 ingredients together for 5 minutes until a nice caramel sauce is formed don't burn this p.u!
when the apples are done chilling pour 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce over them and bake in a 425˚ oven for 10 minutes
then reduce heat to 350˚and bake for another 30 minutes basting every 10 minutes with the caramel sauce
serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or a drizzle of heavy cream
I used small braeburns for these and they were great but feel free to use your favorite apples. Also don't let your dumplings set for any length of time in the syrup, they get gooey and the crusts falls off, trust me on this.
Love and Peace,