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homemade apple dumplings

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Bunny's Warm Oven Blog
Sunbury, PA

These are the only apple dumplings I've ever made, they're so good. The crust is so very soft. The sauce that's poured over the dumplings before baking and then after it's baked is just delicious. Everything about this is pretty much perfect as far as we're concerned.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then we won't be seeing our doctor for a while after trying these delicious apple dumplings. They are a little time-consuming and a beginner baker may have a slight issue working with the dough, but they're not all that hard to make. A flaky crust holds in the tender apple. The cinnamon sauce inside and, once baked, drizzled adds tons of flavor. Take these to the next level and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You won't regret it.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For homemade apple dumplings

  • 1 c
  • 1 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
    nutmeg, optional
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter or margarine ( i use butter)
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 2/3 c
    shortening (I use crisco)
  • 1/2 c
  • 6 sm
    McIntosh or Gala apples

How To Make homemade apple dumplings

Test Kitchen Tips
For the cinnamon sugar in the filling, we mixed 3/4 cup sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. We sprinkled about 1/2 Tbsp of cinnamon sugar over the dumplings in step 7. We only made 5 apples because ours were slightly bigger and we wanted to make sure there was enough dough. If your apples are not very small, additional baking time may need to be added (we needed an extra 10 minutes).
  • Heating sauce ingredients in a saucepan.
    The very first thing we're going to do is get the sauce made that's poured over the dumplings. It needs to cool before it's poured. Get your sauce ingredients together and heat on the stove until the butter melts. Then I let it come to a boil for a minute or two to thicken it a bit. It will be the consistency of simple syrup and thicken more in the baking process.
  • Cutting flour and butter together.
    Making the dough: Measure the shortening out and put it into the freezer until you have the rest of the dry ingredients together. It'll be easier to cut into the flour when it's very cold. Cut the shortening into the flour mixture with a pastry blender. Then add the milk to the mix all at once.
  • Dough mixed to form a ball.
    Mix the dough with a fork just until it forms a ball. The dough will be very soft.
  • Apples peeled and cored, butter in chunks, cinnamon and sugar mixed together.
    Peel and core your apples. Cut the cold butter into chunks and mix cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  • Dough rolled and cut into equal portions.
    Flour your board. You can roll the dough out into one big piece and cut individual patches for the apples to sit on. I take the dough and divide it into 6 equal portions and roll them out individually.
  • Apple placed on dough with butter stuffed inside.
    Place your peeled and cored apple in the center of the dough. Put enough butter into the hole of the apple to fill it (3/4 - 1 Tbsp per apple).
  • Cinnamon sugar sprinkled over the apples.
    Sprinkle sugar (be generous) over the apple, then sprinkle cinnamon on top. I've never measured the sugar or cinnamon out, I just sprinkle.
  • Dough wrapped around apples.
    Wrap the dough around the apple until it's completely covered and looks like a ball. I take it in my hands like a ball and mold it and seal any opening, the dough is very easy to work with. Check the bottom and top of the apple to make sure there is enough dough at those points so none of the butter, sugar, and cinnamon can leak out. I decorated the dumplings with the scraps of dough that were left by making leaves and a stem for the apples.
  • Dumplings in a baking dish with sauce and cinnamon sugar sprinkled over top.
    Put your dumplings in a 13x9 inch pan and space them about an inch apart. Pour the sauce over each of the apples. Then sprinkle each dumpling with sugar.
  • Apple dumplings baking in the oven.
    Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 35 minutes.
  • Spooning sauce over the baked apple dumplings.
    When the dumplings come out of the oven, spoon sauce from the bottom of the pan over the dumplings. In our house we eat the dumplings warm with a little milk poured over them or with a scoop of ice cream. The apples. the sauce, the dough, the cinnamon... it's so GOOD! I hope you love these as much as we do!
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