What says Autumn more than apples? I still remember apple picking as a child — and all of the smells, tastes and visual stimuli that went with it… the drive to Hadley through the Notch, the trees a riot of color, the smell of leaves crunching underfoot and of ripening apples. The first bite sitting at the top of a tree, tart, juicy sweetness. We are harvesting our apple trees, a few at a time. The early apples are sweet, tart, and super crunchy, perfect for any baking one would want to do. I love apple pie. Also like apple dumplings, but I don’t fancy the whole apple wrapped in crust. So I thought of a marriage of the two — cinnamon sweet apple chunks bundled in pie crust! Little individual dumplings that anyone could eat warm from the oven. So here is what I came up with.
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- The Crust
- 1 1/2 cup flour all purpose
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 stick butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 3-5 tbsp water cold
- The Filling
- 2 apple(s) tart medium sized
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 sprinkle nutmeg
- For Assembly
- 2 tbsp butter melted
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Mix together flour, sugar and salt.
- Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles course meal and the pieces of butter are pea-sized.
- Add water as needed and mix with a fork until dough holds together and you can form into a ball.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
- Peel and cut apples into 1/2 inch pieces.
- In a large pan, over medium heat, melt butter and add apples. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring.
- Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and cook a few more minutes. Set aside.
- Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness in a rough rectangular shape. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 4 inch squares.
- Place dough squares on prepared pans. Spoon 1 Tablespoon to 1 1/2 Tablespoons in center of dough square.
- Bring corners to center, pinching along seams. Brush top of each bundle, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (last 2 ingredients combined).
- Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until crust is golden. Can be served with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.