Fall is season not only for pumpkins but apples too. And I love baked apples.
Sticking apple into an oven is probably an easiest way to cook them. Baking apples in a dough as dumplings is a bit more sophisticated, but not whole a lot more complicated.
You can play a bit with taste: add cinnamon, or stuff apple with some raisins or nuts to your taste.
Baked apple dumplings taste the best when served warm.
- 5 medium size apples
- Sugar to taste
- 1 stick (4oz) of margarine for baking or butter, cold
- 1.5 cups of all purpose flour plus a bit more for dusting
- 1/2 – 3/4 of kefir or not so thick sour cream, cold
- 1/2 tsp of baking powder
How to prepare, step-by-step:
- Prepare ingredients: amount of kefir or sour cream will depend on its thickness:
- Start off by preparing dough. Pour 1.5 cups of flour to a mixing bowl, add cold margarine or butter:
- Add baking powder:
- Using fork of pair of knives (or something more modern like a food processor) start working margarine into flour:
- Until you coarse crumbles, try to work fast:
- Add half cup of cold kefir (or thin sour cream if you use it):
- And mix it in until you get homogeneous and pretty thick butter (if kefir is too thick you may need to use a bit more of it to get dough stick together):
- Form dough into dense ball and put to freezer for 40-50 mins:
- About 15 mins before dough time in freezer is up, start warming up oven to 355F and start preparing apples. Remove apple cores and peel skin of them:
- Then slice each of them in half across the core:
- Get dough from the freezer and split it into 10 more or less equal size pieces:
- Roll one of them into circle just big enough to cover an apple half:
- Arrange apple half in the middle of it:
- Pour about half teaspoon of sugar to the hole in the middle of the apple (or more or less to taste):
- Then start folding the dough around apple half and securing edges around apple hole:
- You will get a dumpling looking like this:
- Work through remaining dough pieces and apple halves; move assembled dumplings to a baking sheet lined up with parchment paper:
- Put baking sheet to the warmed up oven for about 40-45 mins:
- Once dough is lightly colored and/or apples are soft to your liking, remove sheet from the oven; move dumplings to a plate:
Baked apple dumplings taste best warm, they may benefit of a scoop of ice cream; but cooled down ones are good too.Enjoy!