Monday, April 15, 2024

Mom's Apple Dumplings











My Mom loved making Apple Dumplings…. She knew how much we loved them and she used to say, “you just don’t find them any place but home.”   The house would smell delicious and the oven would make the kitchen so warm and cozy and she would be humming and excited about what she would present for dessert at the dinner table.  I miss those days… I miss that warm and fuzzy feeling when she would put them down on the table and we would all just giggle with glee.  I still make my Mom’s Apple Dumplings… especially on a chilly wet day like today.  So simple to make and so decadent.  Bring out the Apple Dumplings and Ice Cream…. Time for real comfort food.

 You’ll need two rounds of pie dough. You can make your own or use store-bought pie dough.

Mom's Apple Dumplings

 2 store-bought or home made pie crusts, unbaked

8 apples peeled and cored

1/2 cup granulated sugar 100g

2 1/2 tsp cinnamon divided

1 1/4 cup brown sugar 260g

1 1/4 cup water

3 tbsp butter

Set oven to 350F, place your chilled pie dough on the counter to warm, then combine the granulated sugar and 2 tsp of cinnamon in a small bowl, mix together and set aside.











Roll your pie dough into rectangles which are a bit less than 1/4 inch thick then cut into 7-inch squares. Re-roll scraps as needed until you have 8 squares. You can use excess dough to stamp decorative elements for the dumplings.

Peel and core the apples then place each apple on the center of a pastry square. Fill almost to the top with cinnamon sugar then place a teaspoon of butter on top. 









Bring the corners of the pastry up to the top of the apple one at a time. You can wet the tips with your finger so they stick better. Place the apples in baking dishes so they are touching as little as possible. I usually use two 9x13 dishes but you can use a larger dish if you have one. The apples will look best If you brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with any remaining cinnamon sugar.













To make the sauce combine brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and water in a small pot. Place over medium heat and cook while stirring until the butter melts then pour the sauce into the baking dishes.

Bake at 350F for 50-60 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the apples are softened. You can test to see if the apples are done using a skewer.












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