Apple Dumplings

An old-fashioned Apple Dumpling recipe! Juicy, tender, cinnamon & sugar-spiced apples baked inside a buttery, flaky, and foolproof homemade pie crust and topped off with a simple syrup!

We’ll peel and core our apples, fill them with cinnamon/sugar, wrap them up in our beautiful foolproof homemade pie crust (the same one I use to make my favorite Apple Pie) and then cook ’em in a sweet buttery syrup.

HOW TO MAKE APPLE DUMPLINGS

INGREDIENTS

PASTRY:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup all-vegetable shortening
  • 5–7 tablespoons cold water

SYRUP:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

APPLES:

  • 6–8 medium sized tart apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1–1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 6–8 tablespoons unsalted butter

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pastry: In a large mixing bowl, sift flour and salt together. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter or two knives in opposite directions until pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of water over mixture and gently toss with a fork. Repeat with more water until mixture is all moistened. Form into a ball. Flatten pastry dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll out to a little less than 1/8-inch thick and cut into 7-inch squares.
  2. Syrup: Prepare the syrup by bringing 2 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons butter and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium-low heat and let simmer until reduced to a thick enough syrup to lightly coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter a large rimmed baking dish and set aside.
  4. Apples: Peel and core an apple for each pastry square you have. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon.
  5. Place an apple in the middle of one of the square pastries. Fill the core cavity of the apple with some of the cinnamon sugar mixture and dot with a tablespoon of butter. Bring opposite points of pastry up over the apple. Overlap, moisten with water and seal. Carefully lift the pastry-wrapped apple and place it in the prepared baking dish. Repeat with remaining apples, pastry squares, cinnamon sugar mixture and butter.
  6. Pour hot syrup evenly over the tops and around the dumplings.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the crust on each dumpling is golden brown and apples are cooked all the way through. You can test the apples by poking them with a fork or skewer.
  8. Serve warm with the hot syrup that’s in the bottom of the baking dish and ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.
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