Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Apple Dumplings

Somehow hubby and I generally have the same ideas running through our minds a lot.  Guess that happens after 18 years of marriage.  This week though,  it has left me with an abundance of apples.  He bought a large bag and I bought a large bag.  I, of course, am looking at this as a good problem.  I've pulled out some recipes to use them up and apple dumplings is a FAVORITE!!

As usual,  simple is the standard.  Here's what you need:

For the crust:
      1 package of 9 in. pie crusts  (easy peasy)
For the sauce:     
      1 cup sugar
      1 cup water
      1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
      pinch of nutmeg
      pinch of salt
      6 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the dumplings:
      4 medium tart baking apples (Granny Smith)
      1/2 cup sugar
      3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 13 X 9 X 2- inch baking dish.  

In a sauce pan,  combine the ingredients for the sauce.  Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon.  Set aside.  Core and peel the apples then cut in quarters.  

Roll out the pie crust and cut into four sections.  Place two apple pieces in the center of each section.  Sprinkle apples with cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Paint the edges of the crust with a little water and wrap the dough around the apples, pinching edges to seal.  Place dumplings in the baking dish.  Repeat with the second pie crust.

Pour the sauce over the apples.  Sprinkle dumplings with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture if desired.  Bake fore 45 to 50 minutes until golden.

Serve warm with some ice cream.  DELISH!!!

Tomorrow brings us an apple pie, at hubby's request!!  Hope it turns out just a yummy!!  It will be my first "homemade" apple pie.  

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