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apple or peach dumplings

★★★★★ 17
a recipe by
Bea L.
Emerald Isle, NC

One of my cousins gave me this recipe and I'm sharing it with you all. It's so easy and simple and absolutely delicious! There are several versions of this recipe. As the liquid some people use Mountain Dew, Sprite, Apple Juice or Orange Juice instead of water but I prefer the water. It's your choice. Try using peaches sometime. I make it using 2 fresh peaches, which is my personal favorite. If using canned peaches I would use the juice from the peaches then water to equal the 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups.

★★★★★ 17
serves 8
method Bake

Ingredients For apple or peach dumplings

  • 1 can
    refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 lg
    granny smith apples or 2 peaches
  • 1 stick
    butter (8 tablespoons total)
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 c
    water (1 3/4 c is fine)
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract ( optional)
  • cinnamon (optional)

How To Make apple or peach dumplings

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350. Peel, core and remove seeds from apples. Cut each apple into fourths. You will have 8 apple (or peach) quarters. *If using peaches just slice in half, remove seed, cut each half in half again then peel.
  • 2
    Seperate each crescent triangle and place into a deep baking dish. Place an apple or peach quarter in the center of each crescent. Wrap crescent roll around the apple slice.
  • 3
    In a saucepan bring to a boil the butter, sugar and water. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour over the apples or peaches and bake uncovered @ 350 for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 4
    Note: you may add cinnamon to the butter, sugar & water or you may sprinkle it on top once baked. It's your choice.
  • 5
    Leftovers are good when heated up in the oven, toaster oven or microwave.
  • 6
    TIP: I have doubled the recipe when I had several apples that I needed to cook. I just put a can of crescent rolls in the bottom of the dish, put several sliced apples on that and another can of crescent rolls on top. I then poured the boiled mixture over that and baked until golden brown. It's very good that way, too. And I have certainly used other apples besides the granny smith. Also, I have used half granulated sugar and half brown sugar. Sometimes I omit the vanilla. They're good any way you make them.
  • 7
    HEARTH METHOD BY DANA RAMSEY: Follow Steps 1 and 2 of the Modern Method. Prepare your fire and preheat your Dutch Oven including the lid by simply placing both near the fire and turning them to make sure they both are preheated evenly. In a small kettle hung over the fire, bring to a boil the butter, sugar and water. Remove from heat and add vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over the apples. Now a trivet inside your Dutch Oven. (Note if you do not have a trivet you can use 3 canning rings). Place the baking dish or pan on top and place lid on. Carefully put the Dutch Oven on a bed of coals prepared by making a bed of ash and then adding the nice red hot coals. Place more coals on the lid. Replace as coals die down, every 15 minutes if needed. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown and syrup is bubbly. Dana checked to see how the baking was progressing after 30 minutes, just had to bake a little longer about 7 minutes to get the nice golden color she was looking for. Allow to cool slightly in the Dutch Oven, remove with ovenmits and serve warm or cold. Very Yummy! NOTE: if cooking over a fire pit you can either place the Dutch Oven beside the fire in a smaller pit or on a prepared service. You want to be able to continue to feed your fire so you can have a good supply of red hot coals. Dana said she had heard of people using brickets but unfortunately she has no experience using them. She said she's just a little old fashioned (that's why I love her) but is sure we have some members who could add an additional comment on using the charcoal brickets.