Welcome to our finale of Fresh Tasty Valentines! Over this past week, over 20 bloggers have gotten together and created recipes from products provided by our generous sponsors! These sponsors are also being amazing and providing so many great prizes for our giveaway, which you can see and enter below!
For the finale of a great week full of flavor, I decided to make dessert. I know it's not really a healthy recipe, but it's got a whole apple per serving. And what's that saying about an apple a day? ;-) These apples were provided to me by Envy Apples. These apples originated in New Zealand, but have eventually been planted and cultivated here in the United States up in Washington State.
So, yes. Apple Dumplings. These are not your average apple dumplings. These apple dumplings are actually inspired by a version of a former co-worker's husband's secret recipe, and I've always wanted to recreate a version of it. I was going through my Grandma Betty's old Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book that my mom gave me, and I found a recipe that sounded exactly like his version-- down to pouring heavy cream over the finished apples! Needless to say, I was thrilled to find this recipe and was excited to use the apples I received from Envy Apples.
This recipe is fairly simple to make, but it does take a fair amount of time-- you make the dough, prepare the syrup, peel and core the apples, cut the pastry and make the dumplings, then baking the dish. The hardest part of preparing these dumplings, for me, was to roll out, cut, and wrap the dumplings. I'm pretty inpatient and don't have a steady or decorative hand, so my dumplings took me a couple of tries to get them presentable.
A couple of the tips that I will give you on making this recipe is 1) to make sure that the dough isn't rolled out too thin because the dough is more likely to rip and/or fall apart and 2) to make sure that you grease the dish really well because the dumplings will stick to the pan.
This dish is a cute dish to serve up and I love the individual portions. Make sure that you pour extra syrup on top-- it's almost like an apple pie! I hope that you've enjoyed all of the dishes that all the bloggers and I have shared with you this week!
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from Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book (1st Edition, 7th printing, pg. 325)
For the syrup:
1 c. sugar
2 c. water
3 Tbs. unsalted butter
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
For the filling:
1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbs. butter, cut into 6 pieces
6 apples, peeled and cored
2 9-inch pie crusts (try my easy homemade pie crust!)
Heavy cream, for serving
For the syrup:
Bring all syrup ingredients together in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and boil for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
For the filling:
Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
For the dumplings:
Preheat the oven to 425 F. Grease a 9x13 pan really well.
Roll out the pie crust into 6 7-inch squares.
Place an apple on each square of the pastry. Fill the core cavity with the sugar and cinnamon filling mixture. Dot each top of the apple cavity with butter.
Bring opposite points of the pastry up over the apple. Overlap, moisten, and seal. Place in a 9x13 baking dish. Pour hot syrup around the dumplings.
Bake immediately until crust is nicely browned and apples are cooked through (test with a fork). Serve warm with the syrup and heavy cream.