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If you love apple dumplings, then you’re in for a treat! In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make mouthwatering Cracker Barrel-style dumplings that are sure to impress your taste buds. So let’s get started on this sweet and satisfying dessert!
Ingredients You’ll Need
Before we dive into the recipe, let’s gather all the ingredients you’ll need for these delectable dumplings:
- 8 medium-sized apples (choose your favorite variety)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon (feel free to add your favorite spices too!)
- Pastry dough (you can find a great recipe in the description box below)
- 1 teaspoon butter for each dumpling
- Egg wash (1 egg mixed with a drop of water)
- Brown sugar sauce:
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cups water
Let’s Get Cooking!
Step 1: Prepping the Apples
Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a small bowl, mix together the granulated sugar and cinnamon to create a delicious cinnamon sugar filling. Feel free to customize the spices according to your taste preferences.
Next, peel and core the apples. If you have an apple corer, great! If not, you can use a knife and a small round cookie cutter to carefully remove the core. Make sure to cut a thin slice from the bottom of each apple so that they lay flat.
Step 2: Rolling Out the Pastry Dough
Now it’s time to roll out the pastry dough. Divide the dough into four equal pieces and roll each piece out to a little less than a quarter of an inch thick. You’ll want a seven-inch square for each apple dumpling. If you’re unsure about the size, simply place an apple in the middle and fold the dough up to cover it.
Step 3: Assembling the Dumplings
Place one apple in the center of each pastry square. Fill the hollowed-out core with the cinnamon sugar mixture and place a teaspoon of butter on top. Fold the pastry up to the edges of the apple, wetting your fingers a bit to seal the edges.
For some extra flair, use the leftover dough scraps to create beautiful leaf accents. Attach them to the top of the dumplings using the egg wash as glue.
Step 4: Baking and Sauce Making
Place the apple dumplings in a baking dish and brush them with the egg wash. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture over the dumplings. In a small pot, melt the butter for the brown sugar sauce. Add the brown sugar and most of the water, and cook over medium-low heat until everything is melted and well combined.
Pour one cup of the brown sugar sauce into each of the baking pans containing the dumplings. This sauce will keep the pastry moist and add a rich caramel flavor.
Step 5: Enjoy Your Delicious Dumplings!
Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about an hour, or until the pastry turns golden brown and the apples are tender. Use a skewer to test the apples if you’re uncertain.
Once the dumplings are done baking, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Serve them warm with a drizzle of the luscious brown sugar sauce. These Cracker Barrel-style dumplings are like individual apple pies and are sure to delight your taste buds.
So, get ready to indulge in these irresistible treats! Try out this recipe and let me know how it turned out for you. Enjoy!