How was your thanksgiving?? I hope you had a great day filled with family, friends, and food! Yummy food that is!! A few days before thanksgiving my bother and sister in love took the train in from Missouri for a quick trip to the central coast before their main destination to San Diego for thanksgiving. We has such a great time hiking in big sur, strolling through downtown and most of all eating!! Not only are we an Italian family and it’s the week of thanksgiving, but my sis Lauren is a licensed chef and baker extraordinaire!! AKA AMAZING FOOD. You definitely should check out her blog, baking scents for some fabulous recipes that appeal to a homemade and natural tastebud. So it only seemed fitting that we do some baking together!! She taught me her delicious and easy apple dumpling recipe….
Apples & Filling:
- Apples (like braeburn or granny smith for that tart punch)
- Cranberries, cherries, honey, nuts, cinnamon-whatever you want to put inside!
- Your favorite dressing- salted carmel? port reduction? apple syrup? you name it!!
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup of cold water (with ice cubes)
- 1 cup cold cut up butter
First cut and core all apples, I used my special apple peeler slicer. Once you have your applied cored start your filling. You can stuff you apples with anything! I used dried cherries, cranberries, cinnamon and honey. Nuts would be a great addition too! Next start your pie dough. Just like any pie dough- place all ingredients except for water in food processor. Add cold water while pulsing until dough forms a clump. Roll out dough into large rectangle and cut large enough pieces to wrap up the apples-like little packages! Next dress with your favorite dressing and bake for 45 mins to an hour at 350 degrees. Enjoy with cinnamon vanilla ice cream!!
Peel and core those apples.
Time to make the dough!
Time to stuff the apples with little surprises- nuts? cranberries? cherries? cinnamon? Honey?
After your dough is rolled out and your apples are stuffed create small squares to wrap up your apple like a present.
Time to bake them!! Line up your apple dumplings in a tray and make sure they don’t touch….
Top with your favorite dressing, I used Trader Joes balsamic glaze- yum!
You could also do carmel, salted carmel, apple syrup, port reduction…
It’s not an apple dumpling without ice cream!! Here is an easy trick to have some cinnamon ice cream- seriously it’s sooo good. When I took this to thanksgiving people were asking if I made the ice cream!! Just adds that extra homemade taste 🙂
All you need is a tub of vanilla ice cream, cinnamon and a way to mix it (it’s much easier in a kitchen aid)
Let the ice cream sit out for 15 mins or so- then it will be softer to mix and easy to scoop out.
Add two tablespoons of cinnamon (for gallon size)
And just in time for my dumplings to come out of the oven…
Delicious- seriously the best flavor combos with the buttery crust to the balsamic savory and the sweet cinnamon and apples- hope you enjoy!!
Thanks Lauren for zestin’ with me, muah!!
Seriously go heck out more of her amazing recipes HERE.