Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Crown of Comfort Food - Apple and Cranberry Dumplings

As Autumn rolls into season, comfort food always comes to my mind. I have created a yummy Apple and Cranberry Dumpling recipe that will compliment any meal. Enjoy!



2 c. all-purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2/3 c. butter (still cold)
1/2 c. milk

4 large apples
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
6 T. white sugar
3 T. ground cinnamon
2 t. fresh ground nutmeg
1/2 c. dried cranberries (optional)
zest from 1 large lemon

1 1/2 c. white sugar
1 1/2 c. water
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/4 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375 F. Peel apples and, using a kitchen gadget or sharp knife, remove all of the cores. Slice off just a small amount at the top and bottom of each apple to flatten them out so they’ll wrap in the dough easier. Rinse the apples in apple cider vinegar and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter, using your hands to squish everything together, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in milk all at once and stir to form a dough. Add a little more flour if needed to make the dough less sticky. Do not overwork the dough as you want it to remain light and tender. Split the dough ball in half and on a floured surface, roll out one half to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into two 6″ squares.

Place a whole apple in the center of a dough square. Mix together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg listed under “Apples” above. Generously dust each apple with this mixture and fill the core with cranberries and a little more sugar mixture. Top with a little lemon zest.   Moisten the edges of the pastry square with a finger dipped in cool water and bring the corners together at the top of the apple. Press edges together to seal and pinch together any tears in the dough around the apple.

Repeat the rolling out of the second half of the dough and creating the other two dumplings. Place all four dumplings in a baking dish, one inch apart, and decorate with dough cut-outs of leaves or any other creative flare you can think to use.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the ingredients listed under “Syrup” above. Bring to a boil then remove from heat to cool slightly. Pour the syrup over the dumplings and sprinkle with additional sugar (this forms a delectable golden crust once baked). Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until apples are tender (use a fork poked into them to test) and dough is nicely browned.

Best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Can be stored in fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven at 200 F for 15 minutes.


Becky said...

This is a beautiful dish to celebrate the flavors of fall. Your pics are stunning, and I'm sure that they must taste as good as they look.

Anonymous said...

These dumplings look amazing! Apples and cranberries are such a great fall pairing, especially in this recipe.

Suchitra Vaidyaram said...

ah, really lovely dish! great presentation :)

Carolyn said...

Those are lovely-looking. A perfect comfort food!

May Ling Wu said...

Wonderfull for the fall, looks so pretty and tasty!

Unknown said...

Yummie. Think I will try these.