Apple Dumplings with Cinnamon Syrup

Apple Dumplings
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  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings
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In this recipe, sliced apples are encased in a soft dough. The apple dumplings are baked with the flavorful syrup.

Serve this wonderful apple dessert warm with a scoop of ice cream. 

See Also
Spiced Apple Crunch Dessert​
Baked Apple Crumble

What You'll Need

  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 to 6 Granny Smith apples (or other cooking apples, cored, peeled, and sliced)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for sprinkling on apples
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter (cut into small pieces)
  • For the Syrup:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to  375 F (190 C/Gas 5).
  2. Lightly butter a large, shallow baking dish.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually add milk, stirring to make a soft dough. Roll dough into a 1/8" thick rectangle on a lightly floured surface; cut into 5-inch squares.
  4. Place 3 or 4 pieces of apple on each square of dough. Sprinkle each with about 2 teaspoons sugar and a light sprinkling cinnamon and nutmeg to taste; dot with a few pieces of butter. Moisten edges of each dumpling with water; bring corners to center, pinching edges to seal. Repeat with the remaining apples and dough.
  1. Place dumplings 1 inch apart in the prepared baking dish.
  2. Combine 2 cups sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 2 cups hot water and 1/4 cup melted butter; stir to dissolve sugar. Pour syrup over dumplings.
  3. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Serve hot with a drizzling of cream or a scoop of ice cream.