Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dave's Apple Dumplings

Well today is National Pie Day, and we decided to celebrate early. Last night Dave had a craving for dessert and a bit of nostalgia and wanted to make something that his momma used to make for him when he was a kid. The premise is that each person has an "individual apple pie." They are little apple dumplings. You use a standard pie crust, take a peeled apple and use all of the fixins of an apple pie and stuff it inside the pie crust, seel it up and bake it. They were so yummy! Hope you all enjoy it!

Pie Crust

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 stick well-chilled Crisco all vegetable shortening
3 - 6 tbsp ice cold water


3 apples, any kind, peeled, cored
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp cinnamon
1 stick of butter, softened

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. For the pie crust, blend flour and salt in medium mixing bowl. Cut chilled shortening into 1/2 inch cubes. Cut in chilled shortening cubes into flour mixture, using a pastry blender, in an up/down chopping motion, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with small pieces remaining. Sprinkle half the recommended amount of ice cold water over the flour mixture. Press chunks down to bottom of the bowl with a fork. Add more water by the tbsp until dough is moist enough to hold together when pressed together. Shape dough into a ball for single pie crust. Divide into three parts, one per apple. You will be rolling each section out to envelope the apple. Work with 1 section at a time. Roll into a ball and flatten into a patty. With a rolling pin, keeping it round, flatten into an 1/8 inch thick, enough to cover the entire apple. Peel and core 1 apple. Baste the top of the dough with the softened butter. Crumble about 1 tbsp of brown sugar on top of the butter. Dust with cinnamon, about 2 tsp. Dust the apple with cinnamon, both inside and out. Set in the center of the dough. Put about a tsp of brown sugar inside the core of the apple and about a tsp of butter in the core of the apple. Fold up the sides of the dough, and squish together. Make a point at the top, it will look like a teardrop. You can cut the top of it to make it flat (for presentation). At this point, prepare the other two apples. Put them all in an oven safe bowl, because they will make syrup. At this point point, take the rest of the butter, melt it, and baste the outsides of each of the dumplings. Dust the outside with cinnamon and put about a tsp of brown sugar on the top. Bake for 15 minutes, and then knock the temperature down to 350 for another 45 minutes. They were very yummy!