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Classic Country Apple Dumplings

Classic Country Apple Dumplings

Indulge in the comforting flavors of home with these delightful Country Apple Dumplings! Soft, sweet apples are lovingly enveloped in a flaky, buttery pastry, creating a dessert that's both rustic and irresistible. Enhanced with warm cinnamon and sugar, these dumplings fill your kitchen with the cozy aroma of baked goodness. Whether enjoyed on their own or paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, these apple dumplings are sure to evoke fond memories and satisfy any sweet craving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
  • 2 (10-ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 (12-ounce) can Mountain Dew or similar citrus soda

Classic Country Apple Dumplings

Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Prepare Apples and Dough:
    • Peel, core, and quarter the apples. Open the cans of crescent roll dough and separate into triangles.
    • Place an apple quarter on the wide end of each dough triangle and roll tightly, ensuring the apple is completely covered. Pinch the edges to seal.
  3. Make Sauce:
    • In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg (if using) until well combined and the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Assemble Dumplings:
    • Arrange the wrapped apple dumplings in the prepared baking dish, ensuring they do not touch.
    • Pour the prepared sauce evenly over the dumplings, coating them generously.
  5. Add Citrus Soda:
    • Carefully pour the Mountain Dew or citrus soda around the sides of the dumplings in the baking dish. This will create a unique sweet and tangy sauce as the dumplings bake.
  6. Bake:
    • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the dumplings are golden brown and the sauce is bubbly.
    • Optionally, baste the dumplings with the sauce halfway through the baking time to ensure they are fully coated.
  7. Serve:
    • Allow the dumplings to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy warm, topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat.

Tips for Improvement:

  • Choose firm and tart apples like Granny Smith for the best texture and flavor.
  • Ensure the dough is rolled evenly around the apples to promote even baking.
  • Seal the edges of the dough securely to prevent the filling from leaking out during baking.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar in the sauce to suit your taste preferences.
  • Monitor the baking process closely to prevent over-browning, covering with foil if necessary.
  • Allow the dumplings to rest briefly before serving to allow the sauce to thicken and the flavors to meld.

Ideas for Serving:

  • Serve warm apple dumplings with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for a classic pairing.
  • Drizzle caramel sauce over the dumplings for an added touch of sweetness and richness.
  • Garnish with chopped pecans or walnuts for a delightful crunch and nutty flavor.
  • Pair with sharp cheddar cheese for a traditional accompaniment that complements the sweetness of the dessert.

FAQs:

  • Can Country Apple Dumplings be made ahead of time? While best enjoyed fresh from the oven, you can prepare the dumplings in advance and refrigerate them before baking. Allow them to come to room temperature before baking for optimal results. Adjust baking time as needed.

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