Apple festivals are happening all over right now, with thousands of apple dumplings being sold. I first had Apple Dumplings at a large apple festival, and I was hooked. The apple, wrapped in pastry and bathed in a brown sugar caramel sauce, is the perfect treat on a cool autumn night. They are easy to make, and you can use your own homemade pie crust, or even easier, use a premade refrigerated crust as I did. Either way, the Apple Dumplings are delicious and fresh. I make up a few dozen Apple Dumplings and freeze them, so that I can bake them whenever I’d like to have a reminder of crisp Autumn days.
Apple Dumplings and Their Easy Ingredients
A good cooking apple, such as a Jonamac, is the basis of delicious Apple Dumplings. I normally just core them, but I’ve seen people peel them as well. The choice is yours on that one. Once the apples are cored, they are placed on the pie crust that has been rolled out. I stuff the center core with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, perfect for a caramel sauce. The pie crust is pulled over the top, and the Apple Dumplings are placed on a parchment lined baking sheet so they can be frozen and baked at a later date. There’s nothing quite like a freshly baked apple dumpling in the middle of winter.
4 apples, cored (and peeled if desired)
1 pkg refrigerated pie crust
1 C brown sugar
¼ C butter (½ stick), cut into small cubes
1 T cinnamon
Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside.
Roll out one tube of the pie crust and cut in half.
Place a cored apple in the center of the crust. Fill the center with butter and brown sugar.
Starting with the shortest sections, pull the pie crust up and move outward, covering the shorter sections with longer ones. Fold over the top to seal.
Place on parchment covered baking sheet.
Freeze until solid, then wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Keep frozen until ready to bake.
TO BAKE: Heat oven to 400 degrees F. (amazon code WEKX-SWPJUN-C9Y7 Go here to claim the Amazon Gift Code Claim) Place Apple Dumplings on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake 20-30 minutes, until crust is golden brown and apples are tender. Serve warm or chilled.
Apple Dumplings Or Another Fruit?
I use this same recipe to make other kinds of dumplings too (amazon code 5GQP-9UNEQH-MWAK Go here to claim the Amazon Gift Code Claim). Peaches and pears are wonderful fruits that freeze well as dumplings, and make a tasty treat. You can also fill Apple Dumplings with blueberries instead of apples, or a combination of fruits. I try to stick with drier fruits, such as apples and pears, but many fruits will work in Apple Dumplings. I’ve also added currents or raisins to the center core of apples when making Apple Dumplings for a bit of a change in flavor. No matter what fruit you use, Apple Dumplings are an amazing treat year round.
Do you like making meals ahead of time and just pulling them from the freezer? I have more Freezer Friendly Recipes posted here! Check them out!