These easy apple dumplings taste like a combination of apple pie, cinnamon sticky buns and monkey bread. And if that isn’t a good enough reason to try them, note that they can be prepared in under ten minutes. While the ingredients might sound strange (yes, there is Mountain Dew), this recipe is worth putting doubt aside.
The dumplings are golden brown and slightly crispy on top, while the apple inside and the bottoms become soft and tender like an apple cobbler. Cinnamon and walnuts add extra flavor and a pleasing texture with a bit of crunch. The butter, sugar and Mountain Dew create a sweet syrupy sauce that is delicious when spooned over the dumplings. Serve with ice cream for a wonderful combination.
Shopping tips: Try to find a food market where you can buy ingredients such as nuts in bulk, instead of pre-packaged bags. You’ll have more freedom to get just the amount you need for your recipe, which often saves money and results in fresher ingredients. In the Bensalem, Pennsylvania area, you can find a bulk nut and candy aisle in the Giant food store at 2721 Street Road.
And if you bought several packages of crescent rolls when they were on sale recently, follow this link to a recipe that uses crescent rolls to create a veggie pizza appetizer.
Apple dumpling ingredients:
- 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls (reduced fat are fine if you prefer)
- 1 granny smith apple
- ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
- Cinnamon, to taste
- 1 stick of butter, melted
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 oz. Mountain Dew
- Vanilla ice cream (optional)
(Recipe adapted from many variations found on the web)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open the package of crescent rolls and separate the eight sections. Sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon over the unrolled crescent rolls. Peel, core and slice the apple. Divide apple slices between the unbaked crescent rolls. Place apple slices and about a teaspoon of walnuts at the widest end of the crescent rolls. Roll up the crescent rolls, making sure that the dough is closed on all sides, so that the filling is contained.
Place crescent roll bundles in a medium sized baking dish. Combine butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Pour this mixture over the dumplings. Add Mountain Dew to the dish. Sprinkle additional cinnamon and any remaining walnuts over the top of the entire dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until dumplings are golden.
Let the dish cool for 5 minutes. Plate dumplings with additional sauce spooned over top. If desired, serve with vanilla ice cream.
Serves 4-8 people.
If you don’t finish this dessert in one sitting, refrigerate for up to three days with foil over the baking dish. To reheat, simply place in the oven at 350 degrees until warmed.
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