Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Apple Dumplings



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!

Apple Dumplings
By Allrecipes

Ingredients

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

Directions

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!

27 comments:

Ingrid said...

Congrats on your well deserved award!

I've actually made apple dumplings before but used crescent rolls. The kids loved 'em! I'll have to try your recipe.
~ingrid

A Year on the Grill said...

Your dumplings look PERFECT! I can smell them from here.

And the award comments are perfect. Best decision I ever made was to start blogging. I am a much better cook because of it.

Good for you, great blog

Heidi said...

I use my grandma's recipe and it makes the very best apple dumplings. The crust and sauce are amazing! If you are ever in the mood you should try them (they are on my site!)

The Blonde Duck said...

I need these dumplings. My trainer will be horrified, but I want them!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful, I have never made them either, however these sound yummy!!!

Jenn said...

I need to put down this store bought danish and have me some of these dumplings. Great idea!!! Sounds very awesome too.

Katy ~ said...

I've always been kind of scared of trying to make apple dumplings. My Mom used to make them and I loved the beautiful cinnamony syrup that was at the bottom of the dish that left after they baked. Then the syrup was poured over the dumplings. I can still taste them.

I like your recipe with the puff pastry. Terrific, terrific idea as I'm not a big fan of the biscuit type dough that's often used for dumplings. These sound sooooo goood!!!!

Barbara Bakes said...

Your apple dumplings looks amazing! I feel exactly the same about blogging! Thanks!

Mini Baker said...

I LOVEEE Apple dumplings, I also LOVE your blog! I will be checking back often :)
-Mini Baker

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

What a scrumptious treat with caramel and ice cream! Congrats on your award - and I think the same!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh these look yummy, i am with reeni with icecream please

Libby said...

Congrats on the award!! I agree. Between cooking/recipe blogs and cooking/recipe websites...there really isn't any reason to buy cookbooks anymore. I still do buy an occasional few, but most of my recipes I get online now :)

Libby said...

Forgot to mention that the dumplings look great!

burpandslurp said...

YAY to a great award!
And those dumplings...they are precious! Golden and crunchy and gooey inside...wow...

Erica said...

The dessert looks so yummy. I want a big box of apples so I can make some of these creations :) Congrats on the award. I agree- having a food blog really pushes you to cook and try new recipes!

Joanne said...

Congrats on your award!

I love single portion size desserts. It always feels so much nicer and more satisfying to have your own. These look amazing! And yes, puff pastry is SUPER good.

Julie said...

Your dumplings look SO scrumptious! I definitely need to try these.
Congrats on your award :)

Kathleen said...

Those apple dumplings look amazing! I agree with you about blogging making you a better cook. I think before I cooked more from the hip. Now I have to explain what I'm doing so I've gotten a lot more consistent I guess. I look forward to pushing myself in the baking arena!

biz319 said...

Um, definitely think those are insulin worthy!!!

Kristen said...

What great dumplings - I've been doing a lot of apple cooking lately, this will have to go on my to try out list.

Melody said...

These look delicious! I've never made dumplings, but I think I might have to try them now. Thanks for the great recipe.

doggybloggy said...

congrats on the award - well done and even better job on these super looking dumplings - I bet when they were warm they were the hardest to resist.

Palidor said...

I've never seen apple dumplings. They look delicious! Congratulations on your award!

the ungourmet said...

I can't wait to make these dumplings. How fun and yummy! And yes, your award is very pretty! Congrats! Your blog is looking so awesome. I love the changes you've made. :D

girlichef said...

Congrats on your award...and those dumplings...my tummy is growling in full force as I'm looking before breakfast...I think they would make a fabulous meal..with the icecream, first thing this morning :D

Cathy said...

Isn't puff pastry the best staple ever! I haven't made apple dumplings in ages. Thanks for reminding me how good they are.

Happy Halloween, Teresa.

Kim said...

Congrats on your well deserved award! I have to agree with you that puff pastry is the bomb when it comes to baking :)