These baked apple dumplings are like mini apple pies – a taste of the season wrapped up like a present.
Apple pie has a special place in my heart. It’s just so American. Picking apples, tossing them with sugar and cinnamon and baking them in a flaky crust? Who wouldn’t love that?
These little Apple Cinnamon Dumplings are a fun take on the classic apple pie. Actually, they aren’t exactly little. Each one of these bundles has a full apple baked inside and can easily be split between two people.
Just like with making a traditional pie, it’s important to take some time preparing the apples. Peel them, core them, and slice them into uniform slices. This will ensure even cooking.
Then toss the apples with sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and lemon. Toss these together in a colander to give the apples a chance to drain. You’d be surprised how much liquid will drain out of the apples – if you were to just toss these into a pie it would be a sloppy mess.
Now to make the bundles! It’s actually easier than it looks. You’ll need two sheets of pie crust, a baking sheet and parchment paper, and some kitchen twine to tie up the bundles.
Work with one pie crust at a time and cut off the edges to make a rough square. Then add the pie crust to a small bowl and press it into the bottom of the bowl. This will help hold the crust shape while you fill it.
You can fill these guys pretty full. You should get the equivalent of about an apple in each bundle. Then just carefully fold up the edges of the crust and tie the bundles with a small piece of twine.
Once you’ve done both bundles, check them for any holes. You can use the crust that you cut off to patch up any holes. Then bake the bundles in a 425 degree F oven until they're golden brown, about 30 minutes.
One bundle will easily feed two people for a really tasty dessert!
Let these guys cool for a few minutes before slicing into them.
These are a bit fancy and are really fun to make – they're also secretly very easy. Give these a shot if you are looking for a change from the regular apple pie!
Nick likes that these are portable. Never leave home without one. Be sure to check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon profile.