The other day I went to the store and they were selling granny smith apples for $0.25 each. So I had to pick up some. Tart and delicious. From there I wanted to make a nice dessert that would be great for a dinner party. Then came the spark, bourbon. Bourbon and apples go together so well, so I decided to make bourbon apple dumplings. I don’t want to pat myself on the back or anything, but they are awesome.
Serve with some ice cream on the side and these are a winning dessert. So good you may want to go back for seconds.
Bourbon Apple Dumplings – makes 3 dumplings
- 1 pie dough – recipe below or use store bought
- syrup – recipe below
- 3 tart apples
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2-3 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbs butter
Dough – (From the Art & Soul of Baking)
- 1 stick cold unsalted butter
- 3-4 tbs cold water
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 tbs butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp mace
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 9×9 baking dish
- medium saucepan
- pairing knife or peeler
- apple corer
- food processor
- small bowl
- 375 degree preheated oven
Making the Dough
First make your dough. If you are using store bought dough you can skip this step. The dough is made first as it needs to chill in the refrigerator for a bit before using.
Place the flour, sugar and salt into a food processor and pulse a couple of time to mix up the ingredients. Then cut up the butter into smaller pieces and place in the food processor. Pulse about 10 times in 1 second intervals until the mixture resembles crushed crackers. Then drizzle in the ice cold water 1 tbs at a time. Pulse in between each tablespoon of water. After 3 tablespoons have been added check the consistency. If you can squeeze the dough and it holds together, you are fine. If it crumbles add a little more water. Then turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap and tightly wrap it. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes before using.
Next preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Making the Bourbon Syrup
In a medium saucepan start the syrup. Place the water, bourbon, sugar, butter and spices into the pan. Bring to a boil. When the mixture starts to boil, set your timer for 2 minutes. Remove from the stove top and let cool slightly before using.
Making the Dumplings
Roll out the dough into a long rectangle. Roughly 7-8 inches wide and 20-24 inches long. Cut into 3 equal size squares.
Peel and core 3 tart apples. I used Granny Smith but feel free to use your favorite. In a small bowl combine the 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon. After the apple is peeled and cored, roll the apple in the cinnamon sugar.
Place the cinnamon-sugar coated apple into the center of one of the pasty squares. Then spoon in some brown sugar into the core. Then place a little bit of butter onto the brown sugar. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon. Then repeat until the core is filled.
Then grabbing the corners of the pasty square, fold them up and seal in the apple. Place the finished dumplings into a greased 9×9 baking pan.
When all of the dumplings are in the pan, slowly pour the Bourbon Syrup over the dumplings.
Place the dumplings in a preheated 375 degree oven for 45-50 minutes. Cook until the dumplings are golden brown on top.
Serve the dumplings warm with a side of ice cream. Drizzle the Bourbon Syrup over the top of the dumplings and ice cream.