Betty demonstrates how to make one of the desserts of her dinner train ride–Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings. This dish is a hearty dessert, with each serving being an entire apple filled with butter and spices and encased in pastry. The apples are then baked in syrup until the syrup is thickened and the pastry is browned and flaky. Wonderful!!!

Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings

1 recipe pastry for a double-crust pie, made into dough
4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored (Don’t core all of the way through the apple, just most of the way toward the bottom.)
6 tablespoons butter, divided into 4 single tablespoons and an additional 2-tablespoon cube, softened to room temperature
½ cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups water
1 1/3 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
vanilla ice cream or whipped topping (optional)

Butter a deep dish pie plate (or other appropriate baking dish) and set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry dough into a large 16-inch by 16-inch square. Cut the large square into four 8-inch by 8-inch squares. Place a prepared (partially cored) apple at the center of each pastry square with the cored opening facing upward. Place 1 tablespoon of butter in the opening of each apple. Divide brown sugar among apples, placing some inside each cored opening and the rest around the base of each apple. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over the apples, until the measured amounts have been used. With slightly wet fingertips, bring one corner of the pastry square up to the top of the apple, and then bring the opposite corner to the top and press together. Bring up the two remaining corners and seal, using water to make the pastry stick. Repeat with the remaining apples and place in prepared baking dish. In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups water, 1 1/3 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and the remaining cube of butter. Place over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Boil 5 minutes, until you have a nice syrup. Ladle syrup over apple dumplings in baking dish. Place in an oven that has been preheated to 400 degrees, and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool slightly, and then place each dumpling in a serving bowl, spooning some sauce over the top. You may like this with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping, but it is delicious by itself! Enjoy!!!

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  1. The frist time i used this recipe of apple dumplings my family and i love it! 😀 i live in hawaii so it is kinda new lol.

  2. I don't do a lot of cooking in my family, but I have just got to try this myself. It looks freaking fantastic!!!!!!!

  3. Wow…tried this and it was great. And although absolutely good, I found it a bit too rich for my taste,, but, upon my second try…. I cut back on the white granulated suger to one cup, instead of a cup and a third cup.

    Cut back just a tad on the brown suger as well, and it rocked!!!
    Thanks for this great great great treat!!!

  4. Vanilla ice cream would be very delicious with this, Betty! It might be adding extra sugar but why not just be indulgent for one night… or two? 😉

  5. again betty thank you so so much for sharing a great recipe. i tried it yesterday and it was yum!!. my husband loved it so much he asked me to make it again soon.

  6. Fantastic! I have tried for years to bake recipes out of books and I have become somewhat discouraged by the outcome of some of those recipes. The camera angles were dead on and not to lengthy and the directions are simple to follow. I am certainly going to try this with our Sunday dinner. I think the kids will love it. if you ever get a TV show going please please please don't let them change a thing about how you all have produced the video's. Thank you!

  7. I saw the title, then I saw the thumbnail. I do not like apple dumplings, and yet, I was mysteriously drawn and so here I am, shamelessly trolling your 'apple dumplings'

  8. I'm getting ready to make these and had looked up lots of recipes, but yours is by far the winner! You give great instructions on preparing the apples and for the whole thing over all! Thanks for sharing!

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