Book Bakes: Puffy Apple Dumplings
Updated: Dec 10, 2020
As the weather gets a bit colder here, I have started turning back to a bit of baking. Apples are just coming out of season here in Ontario and it seems like a good time to make another book bakes recipe from The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook: Apple Dumplings.
These sweet treats are perfect to serve as a dessert or a nice treat (especially with some yummy vanilla ice cream).
Disclaimer: the first attempt at making these did not go well (see below). The dough tasted amazing, butttttt the dumplings kinda came undone as they baked. At least I have a new recipe for sweet biscuits for the future.
The lessons learned were: thin out the dough as described, let the dough rest in a cooled environment, and not bake the dumplings as long as originally described. As I have a gas oven, after 25 minutes, they were done baking. Depending on your oven though, it could take up to 40 minutes.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup 2% milk
6 small (or 3 regular sized) apples, peeled, cored, and sliced or cubed
6 tsp sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 1/2 tsp butter, melted, plus more for dotting
1 tbsp cornstarch
ground cinnamon, for sprinkling
To make the dough
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium mixing bowl.
Mix in the butter with your fingers until it is well distributed. Add the milk to make a soft dough. Once well combined, let the dough rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board or countertop. Flour a rolling pin and roll out the dough, about 1/4 inch thick. Divide the dough into 6 equal parts and lay them onto a baking sheet.
To make the filling
In a small bowl, combine apples, sugar, cornstarch, and 1 1/2 tsp melted butter. On each dough piece, place some apples.
Using an egg wash and a pastry brush, moisten the edges of the dough and fold it up around the apple filling, pinching the edges to make sure they stay together. Let sit in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400F. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Best served warm with ice cream.