I originally started this blog as a place to store tried and true recipes for my family. It didn't take long to discover how supportive and fun the blog community was and I became hooked! I rarely create my own recipes, but I still hope you'll enjoy the recipes that I find and tweak a bit.
This is us about halfway into our large box of apples! I'd never had or tried apple dumplings before, so it was fun searching recipes to see all the different ways to try them. I chose this particular recipe because it called for puff pastry, which in my mind is the flakiest, most delicious pastry known to man. We loved these dumplings, they're easy to make, everyone gets their own and they're delicious. Serve these with a side of ice cream and drizzle with caramel!
1 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed 1 cup white sugar 3/8 cup dry bread crumbs 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon 1 pinch ground nutmeg 1 egg, beaten 4 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and halved 1 cup confectioners' sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons milk
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2. Roll out each sheet of pastry to measure 12x12 inches. Cut into quarters, to make 8 - 6 inch squares.
3. In a small bowl, combine sugar, bread crumbs, cinnamon and nutmeg. Brush a pastry square with beaten egg. Place 1 tablespoon bread crumb mixture in center. Place one apple half, core side down, over bread crumbs. Top with another tablespoon of mixture. Pull up four corners of pastry and pinch sides together to seal seams completely. Repeat with remaining apples.
4. Brush each dumpling with beaten egg. Place in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue baking 25 minutes more, until lightly browned. Let cool completely at room temperature.
5. To make icing, combine confectioners' sugar and vanilla and enough milk to make a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled dumplings. Serve the same day.
I also have to apologize to Barbara at Barbara Bakes for taking so long to post this award. Isn't it pretty! If you haven't checked Barbara out, definitely do, I always look forward to seeing what she's up to in the kitchen! Part of the award is talking about why you love food blogging. When I first started the food blog I really had no idea where it was going to go, or if I was really even going to do it for very long, but it's really turned into a wonderful hobby. It pushes me to cook things that I never normally would, and I feel like it has made me a better cook and baker in a lot of ways, although I still have a long way to go! But the best part is easily all the great people I've met and the other blogs I get to read. Honestly, with all your amazing food blogs out there, I don't need to buy cookbooks anymore! So I'm just going to hand out this award to all of you for all of your wonderful blogs. Thanks for all you do and keep cooking!