Apple Dumplings

Friday, October 22, 2010
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Apple Dumplings

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
4-5 tablespoons cold milk

6 small apples, peeled, cored

1/4 cup old fashioned oats
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, toasted
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Cider Sauce
1 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon grated clementine zest
3 tablespoons sweetened dried cranberries

To make the dough, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Knead in butter using your fingertips, two forks, or a pastry blender, until well incorporated and mixture starts to clump together. Sprinkle in a tablespoon of milk at a time, tossing dough with a fork after each addition, until you can form a ball with the dough; wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a medium sized baking dish with cooking spray. (I used an 11x8-inch glass baking dish)

Roll out dough (as thinly as you can without tearing) into a large rectangle; slice into 6 squares. Place an apple in the middle of each square, and pull up dough around apple and pinch edges to seal. Place apples in baking dish.

To make the stuffing, in a medium bowl, stir together oats, brown sugar, walnuts, pumpkin pie spice and melted butter until well combined; place spoonfuls of mixture in centers of apples.

To make the cider sauce, in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring apple cider, brown sugar, butter, pumpkin pie spice, clementine zest and cranberries to a boil, whisking frequently; pour sauce into bottom of baking dish around apples. Drizzle spoonfuls of sauce over the top of apples. Bake apples for 1 hour, basting occasionally with sauce, until golden brown and apples are tender.

Makes 6 apple dumplings

30 comments on "Apple Dumplings"
  1. Aw, that's too bad the apples weren't great. You have to come to NY - best apples in the country! The dumplings look delicious :)

  2. If ever you're in New York in the fall, you should head upstate a little. Almost all the orchards around here have pick-your-own apples.

    Too bad the apples you got weren't great (I hate when that happens!), but at least if they're not great for eating, you can always bake with them!

  3. omg those apple dumplings look to die for! what a perfect fall treat!

  4. Aww that sucks you didn't get to go apple picking. I'm about under 2 hours away from Marionville but had no idea they had that place there. I might have to do a little road trip - looks fun! And I wish it would start looking like fall around here too! It makes me sad since this is my favorite season.

  5. I didn't even know that apple dumplings were literally apples wrapped in pastry until like the other day. I feel like I live under a rock. This is the second blog I've seen them on in the past 2 days. It's fate. I must make apple dumplings now!

  6. Plasters Orchard near Bolivar off of Hwy 13 lets you pick. We love to go there. I have some pictures on my blog.


  7. BEAUTIFUL orchard! Too bad about the apples though - bummer :(

  8. I have to say I love the rustic look! Beautiful pictures!

  9. It's definitly still apples times... And these dumplings are looking pretty good!

  10. mmmmm....those look yummy!!! I did the same thing here.....went to a cider mill to get apples...and they were not great!!! I got jonathan's....but they were just not as then I later bought some fuji for a pie...and they were not spectacular either. I did try some empires (which I've never really used before) and those were pretty good! I've heard macintosh are good for baking...but can't seem to find any here..hmmmm

  11. I love how your disappointment at not being able to pick apples changed to delight when you saw all that stuff in the store. And WHO told you to buy Fuji apples? They can be okay when you use them with other apples and they're not bad for eating, but you can never go wrong with Granny Smith's.

    No apple corer? Just use a melon baller. It's not quite as good, but it'll do in a pinch.

    That cider sauce looks inspired.

  12. Mmmm, peanut clusters. Ughghhhh blehh, heyyy baby. Want a peanut cluster? Muuughh.

  13. These look so fun! I've always wanted to stuff an apple, yum ;)


  14. oh yum, nothing wrong with the rustic appearance of those!!! they look delish! makes me REALLY sorry i am on a gluten free diet at this time, girl!! you killin' me!

  15. Yum, that stuffing, that sauce, it all sounds so good. That is one glorified apple dumpling. Too bad about not being able to pick your own apples, but I know I'd love picking out things in that store.

  16. the first picture of apples ia absolutely stunning.
    and i don't mind the rustic look of the dumplings. i think they look awesome (:

  17. Mmmmm they look fab and great way of using all those yummy apples

  18. Haha--can I have a peanut cluster tree too? Too bad you couldn't pick any apples, but the dumplings sound great!

  19. I love the rustic look - they look SO good! Sorry the apples themselves were disappointing - at least the cider was tasty!

  20. you sneaky thing, putting pumpkin pie spice in there instead of apple pie spice. meh, they're essentially the same, and both delightful. great use for those apples!

  21. Rustic is usually the best!! I'm hoping to go to an apple orchard today - as long as it doesn't rain on me!

  22. I loved this post. Bookmarked :D I think it would be better if I simply bookmarked your entire blog at this point!!

  23. I love apple dumplings! I haven't made them in forever but you have just inspired me to get in the kitchen and make it happen :)

  24. LOL - love all the apple photos, shame you couldn't go picking. The dumplings sound superb - and rustic is good! I hate it when foits life, then you make it at home and it looks nothing like the book.

  25. What gorgeous apple pictures. I don't guess I've ever had a real apple dumpling, but yours look delicious. I'm sure I'd like.

  26. Too bad you couldn't pick your own apples, but I find apple picking is overrated. You always end up with more than you need. I'd rather buy my apples at a nice farm stand and just find other ways to enjoy a day in the country (hiking, riding, etc.)

    Don't dis your dumplings. They look beautiful and rustic (of course everything I bake looks this way, so I'm a bit biased)

    Fuji apples aren't my favorite either. I bought some last week and was disappointed. Honeycrisps are the King of Apples.