I love this dessert. It's pretty easy to whip up and even easier if you have some help! My mom and I made these twice this week and it gets done quickly if one works on the crust and one works on the apples. We even turned on Christmas music while we baked. Don't judge us! It's October and we can't help ourselves.
This recipe will make 5-6 dumplings depending on the size of the apples your'e using. Most likely
you will have enough filling and crust for a 6th dumpling but I normally just make 5 and use the extra crust for fancy leaf cut outs to make the dumplings look pretty. So feel free to do whatever you like. (Extra filling always freezes well too!)
Makes 5-6 dumplings
You will need:
1 pie crust recipe (Our's is found here but we won't judge you if you use store bought.)
For the filling:
4 small tart apples, diced
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
For the syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons butter
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven 400F
Dice the apples into small cubes. Toss in a bowl with sugar and cinnamon and set aside until ready to use.
To make the syrup, combine sugar, water, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla and mix in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a low boil until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
Next, prepare the pastry dough. After mixing it together, separate into two balls--It is easier to roll out when you halve it. Roll the first one out and then the second. Cut each into quarters. You should have 8 squares. Use 6 for your dumplings and the rest to make cut outs for the tops. Taking one of the quarters in hand, fill the center with the apple mixture. We used an ice cream scoop for this part, about a 1/4 cup. Now take the corners of the pastry dough and press them together, sealing the filling inside completely. Don't overlap the edges too much or you will have a big glob of dough on the bottom of the dumpling. Place the dumplings seam side down into an 8x8 pan.
Next, brush the dumplings with an egg wash. (-if you want them to have a pretty shine. totally optional and not necessary to the taste :) )
Next, pour the sauce into the pan. Place in oven and bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown.
Once they come out of the oven, spoon some of the bubbling juices over each one. Serve warm with ice cream.