Something I’ve always been keen to try is a dumpling. We are big fans of Masterchef in this house, in particular Masterchef Australia.
One of the main things they tend to cook on that program is Asian inspired food… basically ALOT of tasty looking dumplings.
So when I was thinking of ideas on what to bake you guys next, dumplings came to mind. To be honest, my parents aren’t the biggest fan of certain meats so it only felt right to do my version of a dumpling pudding! Because who doesn’t love something that’s originally savoury turned into something sweet?
My mum actually thought of the idea of baking apple dumplings because she had, had them years ago and loved them! I thought I’d take the challenge of baking these bad boys and getting the full potential out of the ingredients.
If you hadn’t noticed already, I love finding a recipe online and following the basic steps whilst making the pudding my own by adding my touch to them. So if you’d like to bake my version of apple dumplings, the recipe is below…
Ingredients You Need Ro Make Dumplings:
- 6 Granny Smith Apples, Peeled & De-Cord
- 1 Ready-Made, Ready To Roll Puff Pastry
- 100g Of Butter
- 113g Of Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Of Cinnamon
Ingredients To Make Apple Pie Spice:
- 4 Teaspoons Of Cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon Of Ground Ginger
- 1/2 Teaspoon Of Nutmeg
- 1/2 Teaspoon Of Ground All-Spice
Ingredients To Make Sauce:
- 466mls Of Apple Juice
- 1 Teaspoon Of Vanilla Essence
- 1/2 Teaspoon Of Apple Pie Spice
- 2 Tablespoons Of Sugar
How To Make Dumplings:
- Firstly, gather together all your ingredients and equipment, grease a 9×13 dish with butter and preheat the oven 400oF / Gas Mark 6 / 180 Fan.
- Secondly, unroll the ready-made puff pastry and divide the pastry into 6 pieces.
- Once you’ve cut the pastry into 6 squares, roll them into a circle and continue to roll out until the circle is around 7inches.
- Next, in a small bowl add 6 tablespoons of butter (100g), 113g of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and mix together.
- Place one de-cord apple in the middle of each of the 6 pastry circles, then spoon the butter mixture into each of the cores, fill right up to the top.
- Warp the pastry around each of the apples using a little bit of water to seal the top.
- Using the left over pastry from when you cut the circles out, cut out 12 small leaf shapes and place two on top of each dumpling using a tiny bit of water to stick them.
- Place the dumplings into prepared tin.
How To Make The Sauce:
- Firstly, combine the 466mls of apple juice, 1tsp of vanilla essence, 1/2tsp of the apple pie spice, 2tbsp of sugar and 2tbsp of butter in a pan.
- Place the pan on cooker and bring to boil.
- Then allow the sauce to simmer for 3-4 minutes.
- TIP: if the sauce isn’t as thick as you would like, add a teaspoon or two of cornflour. We noticed that the cornflour did leave a couple of lumps so once the sauce has finished simmering, sieve the sauce into a jug.
- Pour the sauce over the dumplings and place in the oven to bake for around 45 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the apple is soft.
That’s your Apple Dumplings prepared, cooked and ready to serve. To take the dumplings to the next level, add some custard & cream…. YUM!
I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA recently, if you read my ‘Deep & Honest Chat’ blogpost, you’ll know that a lot has been going on and mentally I haven’t been the best. ( If you haven’t seen the blogpost, this is the link: https://ellegracedeveson.com/2020/08/26/lets-have-a-deep-honest-chat/ )
That being said, I’m back on the baking grind now and believe me, I’ve got some yummy treats coming your way… so get excited!
Let me know if you’ve ever tried a dumpling made into a pudding before and what your thoughts were. Everyone who tried these thoroughly enjoyed them! It’s something different to make for sure.
Sending tons of love and hugs to you all as always,