I don’t know why these are called apple dumplings. They should be called your very own little apple pie! I kept seeing versions of this online and thought to myself “I need these, I really do”. So with a visual and the idea that it’s a baked apple in a pastry, I decided to see what I could come up with. It had to be simple of course. After all, I’m trying to deliver simple and easy to follow recipes. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this one.
As far as I can tell apple dumplings originated in Pennsylvania. A typical breakfast food. Well if you dress it up a little and serve it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream it’s a dessert. A pretty dessert that I would gladly serve to guests in my home. If you really wanted to dress it up, you could even drizzle a little caramel sauce over it. Just saying.
Let me tell you how easy it is to make so you can have some right away.
- 2 Apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly. Small to medium size work best. I used Honey Crisp apples
- 1 package Refrigerated Pie Crust, contains two crusts. If you have more apples you want to use add another package of pie crust. One pie crust for each apple.
- 2 tbs Sugar
- 2 tbs Cinnamon
- Pinch Nutmeg
- 1 tbs Butter, cut in half
- 1 Egg, beaten
- 1 tbs Water
In a small bowl, add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix together.
Peel, core, and thinly slice your apples. I used my spiralizer attachment with my Kitchen Aid mixer, so this step took 2 minutes.
Coat apple pieces in cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg mixture.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Unroll 1 pie crust at a time. cut off round edges to make a square. Stack apple slices in center of pie shell.
Add a half tablespoon of butter into the center of the apples and fold up your pie shell around the apple. Pinch together edges on top to secure. I added some decorative leaves to the top. They are very easy to do.
I used a leaf shape cookie cutter to cut the leaves out of the edge pieces of pie crust I cut away. With a knife score a line down the center and a few on each side, like a leaf. If you don’t have leaf cookie cutters, you can cut them freehand with a knife.
Place apple dumplings into a small baking dish.
In a small ramekin, beat one egg and add 1 tablespoon of water and mix together. With a pastry brush, brush all the surface areas of the apple dumplings.
Tip: If you’re doing the decorative leaves, first brush crust with egg wash then add the decorative leaves and brush top of leaves too.
Place in preheated 325 degree oven and bake for 1 hour.
Let rest 15 minutes before serving. It is so good with a scoop of ice cream. I’m speaking from personal experience of course.