Apple Dumplings start with peeled and cored apples filled with cinnamon sugar mixture then wrapped in a buttery flaky crust and drenched with a syrup mixture of butter, sugar, and water. They are perfectly cooked and you are in heaven!
I am so excited to announce that I am back to blogging my recipes from my childhood to today!!
My husband is home and recovering from five months of in and out of the hospital after 3 major surgeries. He is getting stronger and stronger each day and is on his way to a full recovery. We are so thankful for all of your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Homemade Apple Dumplings are his favorite, and I told him in the hospital as soon as I could make him some, I would, and it would be my first blog post to celebrate his return home and my return to blogging my recipes. He is such a fan of my apple dumplings that before his surgery, he would sharpen his knife, and put all the apples in a bowl and set and peel and core each one of them while I was getting the dough ready to wrap them. I know what you are thinking "question" why are you not using one of those gadgets that peel and core the apples? Well, I love his company so much while he is peeling the apples and sipping on a cup of coffee telling me about some of life's truths. Although he was not able to peel and core the apples for me this time, he was here with me and for that, I am so grateful to the Lord.
Long before I started making these Homemade Apple Dumplings, they were a thing of sheer indulgence at every church event during my years I shared with Sally Listenbee, a dear friend of mine. I still have vivid memories in my mind of her bringing these to our church socials. It was not unusual for you to go to the dessert table first or you were taking a chance of not getting any of her apple dumplings. Those of us who would get the food tables ready, would on occasion dip up our serving and stash them in the kitchen until we fixed our plates. Isn't that sad? "giggles" I must say, I would probably do the same today. That is how good they are. Although she moved away years later to Houston, and I don't get to see her very often, there is not a time that I make these apple dumplings that I don't think about Sally, and our wonderful years together. This recipe is not only my most requested one to give out, but my most requested dessert to bring to a family gathering, company potluck lunch, and church socials.
These can be made ahead of time and frozen until ready to bake. Just make the syrup when you are ready to bake.
Homemade Apple Dumplings
Recipe adapted from: Sally Listenbee-Lowe
Recipe adapted from: Sally Listenbee-Lowe
- 2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup of cinnamon
5 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 cups cold shortening
12 tablespoons ice cold water
12 granny smith apples, peeled and cored
3 cups sugar
3 cups water
1/2 cup butter
In a 2 cup measuring cup combine sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
Combine flour and salt in mixing bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is uniform; mixture should be fairly coarse. Sprinkle with water, a tablespoon at a time; toss with fork.
Work dough into 12 balls with your hands, approximately 3 oz each.
One at a time, roll each pastry ball to form an 8 inch circle. Place peeled and cored apple in the center of the circle.
Pour a portion of the cinnamon sugar mixture into the center of the apple up to the top.
Bring the edges of the pastry to the top of the apple to enclose it, then press to seal. Repeat with the remaining 11 apples.
Space the dumplings evenly in the baking dish. While making the syrup mixture, preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Make syrup mixture and pour over each dumpling.
Bake for 1 hour. Dumplings will be golden brown and bubbly. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
In a large saucepan add water, sugar, and butter. Heat only until the butter melts and pour syrup over each dumpling.
Join me for Meal Plan Monday, Weekend Potluck, What's Cooking Wednesday and all these fabulous parties!
Looking for more recipes? Use the search bar in the top right hand corner or click on My Recipe Box in the top menu.
More Similar Recipes!