When my grandmother, who had stayed with us, made her homemade apple dumplings in the fall, it was also a special treat. I will never forget that I saw her work in the kitchen and put all that love in her delightful treat. And my sister, before we sat down to eat her finished product, would be driven by the smell of baking warm apples. I think the warm vanilla sauce was what made them particularly delicious. We might have put ice cream on top now, which would have been pretty good for me, but nothing beat the special sauce of Grandma. Just that rich vanilla taste in a creamy sauce just put those apple dumplings on top.
I assume you believe that it is hard to make such a dish, but you’re wrong, it’s easy to do. You only need simple ingredients to create this dish. It may not be the same with my Grandma’s apple dumplings, but it certainly will be on your table more often with these scrupulous dumplings.
(2) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and quartered
1 (8 ounces) can refrigerated crescent rolls
1/8 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup of orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven at about 175 degrees C (350 degrees F). Wrap each piece of apple in a crescent roll. In an 8×8 baking dish, put the seam side down and sprinkle with the cinnamon.
2. Add and combine butter, sugar, and orange juice in a medium saucepan; bring to boil. Remove from oil, and add vanilla to stir. Pour onto rolls.
3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden pastry, and tender apples. For serving, spoon sauce over rolls.
The best apple when making apple dumplings is a tart sort, like a Granny Smith, which stands up to baking. Granny Smith apples are not going to get mushy in the baking process but are going to bake up well under the flaky pastry dough layers. You can use Golden Delicious and Idared apples to create your apple dumplings.
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