your new favourite way to eat apples

I discovered these delicious apple treats a few months ago and since then, they’ve been a regular occurence! They take a while to make (a 45 min bake time doesn’t help) but they are more than worth the effort. The filling and sauce are really easy to play with so if you don’t have walnuts you can add your other favourites like raisins, peanuts, etc.

Dough:
3 c flour
1 ½ tsp salt
1 c peanut oil
½ c water

6 apples, peeled and cored (smaller ones work better)

filling:
1 tbsp cinnamon
½ c sugar
¾ c walnuts
3 tbsp margarine

caramel sauce:
1 c sugar
1½ – 2 c water
3 tbsp margarine
½ tsp cinnamon
splash vanilla
corn starch/flour (to thicken, if necessary)

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add peanut oil and water, mix thoroughly. Press dough into a smooth ball and flatten slightly. Divide dough in half, so it’s easier to work with, and roll out to 1/8 inch thick sheets. Cut into 7 inch squares.

Mix sugar, cinnamon and nuts to make filling. Place an apple on each dough square and fill its core with the sugar mixture. Fold the pastry up around the apple, dotting the dough with margarine if it needs help sticking.

Bake in oven for 40-45 minutes, until pastry is golden brown. While dumplings are baking, combine all sauce ingredients except flour in a small pot and bring to a boil. Boil until reduced and thickened; if it needs help add a bit of corn starch or flour by the tsp. Be sure to take a light hand when thickening—too much flour will kill the sauce.

When the dumplings are done, serve in bowls and spoon caramel sauce over them. They can be served with ice cream or whipped cream, but I rarely have that stuff in my house so I eat the dumplings with just the sauce. Really, these things are killer sweet anyway. Pretty sure I don’t need to add the triple threat of ice cream!!

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