Saturday, October 14, 2023

Caramel Apple Dumplings


Caramel Apple Dumplings

When I was little I remember my Mom making warm apple dumplings instead of apple pie. She would wrap an apple up in her homemade dough and then bake them in the oven. The house would smell so good with that combination of apples and cinnamon and nutmeg.  We could hardly wait until they were ready to come out of the oven.  She would pour cold cream over them or serve them warm with vanilla ice cream and we loved them!
I have to admit I have taken some shortcuts along the way using ready made pie crusts and caramel ice cream topping, but the memories are still there and they are still delicious!

Caramel Apple Dumplings

1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
7 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 package (14.1 ounces) refrigerated pie crusts, (2 crusts)
4 Gala apples, peeled, cored and halved
8 teaspoons butter, divided

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix cinnamon, white sugar, and nutmeg in small bowl and set aside.

Unwrap pie crusts and lay on lightly floured surface.  Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture evenly on surface of each crust. Cut each crust into 4 equal pieces. Place an apple half in center of each piece of crust with center facing up.

Fill center of each apple half with 1 teaspoon of the butter. Next bring up the corners of the dough to the center of the apples and pinch to seal.  Place the apples, seam side down, in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.

Bake dumplings for about 10 minutes or until crust just begins to brown. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake for another 40 to 45 minutes  or until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.  Pour caramel topping on top and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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