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Green Granny Smith Apples in a dish

Apple Dumplings

A recipe for apples baked in a flaky crust with a cinnamon sugar filling and a buttery sauce.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 dumplings
Author Renee

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the dumplings:

  • 3 medium tart baking apples Granny Smith
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Additional sugar or turbinado sugar for decoration

Instructions

For the dough:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Gradually add milk, stirring to make a soft dough. Shape dough into a rectangular disk, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

For the sauce:

  1. In a sauce pan, combine the sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and butter. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and set aside. Stir occasionally to melt butter if it has not melted.

For the dumplings:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease a 13 X 9 X 2-inch baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. Peel, core, and cut apples in half across the equator.
  5. Divide dough into thirds. Roll each out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness and about a 7 by 14-inch rectangle. Cut in half to get 7-inch squares. Place an apple half on the center of each square. Sprinkle apple with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Paint the edges of the dough with a little water and wrap the dough around each apple half, pinching edges to seal. Place dumplings in the baking dish. Repeat with remaining dough and apples.
  6. Pour the sauce over the apples. Sprinkle apples with sugar if desired. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until golden. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for apples baked in a flaky crust with a cinnamon sugar filling and a buttery sauce.