Saturday, September 17, 2011

National Apple Dumpling Day!

We have the Pennsylvania Amish to thank for the Apple Dumpling. 

The recipe is simple.  Take an unbaked pie shell, cut it into two sections.  Roll each section into a circle large enough to cover an apple.  Peel and core the apples and put an apple in the middle of each pie crust dough circle.  Mix 4 tsp cinnamon and 4 T sugar (according to your taste preferences).  Fill the core area of each apple with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Carefully wrap the dough around and over each apple. Brush the tops with an egg-water mixture, and sprinkle with a little more sugar and cinnamon, if you want.  Bake at 350 for one hour.  Serve warm, and if you want to kick it over the fence, just add a scoop of ice cream!

There are tons more recipes for the apple dumpling online, many are baked in oozy-goozy brown sugar and butter sauces.  This recipe is the basic, no-frills, less-calories version, especially when made with a sugar substitute.  The sky's the limit for fancying up this old-fashioned comfort dessert!

"Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits."  ~ Henry David Thoreau