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Lenon's Apple Dumplings

A tried and true family recipe of pastry wrapped apples with a cinnamon syrup sauce baked, serve with whipped cream or ice cream for a home cooked treat that feels and tastes like a fancy restaurant dessert
Prep Time1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 4 apples
Author: Ellen


  • 4 medium tart apples ( such as Granny Smith)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup butter


  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder
  • Cube the shortening and add to the flour mixture
  • Cut the shortening into the flour mixture with a fork until it resembles pea size crumbs
  • Adding 1 TBS at a time, gently mix the milk into the flour/shortening
  • Continue to add the milk a little bit at a time until it will form a ball
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour
  • Meanwhile, to a medium saucepan add the water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter
  • Over medium heat bring syrup to a boil and let cook for a couple of minutes
  • Remove from heat
  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and on a flour dusted surface roll the dough until it is a quite flat rectangle and about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Divide into 4 quarters
  • Core and peel each apple
  • Take 1/4 of the dough and wrap the apple until it is completely covered, smooth out the rough bumpys
  • Place in a pie dish
  • Continue on all 3 remaining apples
  • If you have any dough left over cut out leaf shapes and attach to the top of each apple
  • Brush each pastry wrapped apple with a little milk and sprinkle with sugar
  • Pour syrup over each apple
  • Place in oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, while every 10 minutes baste apples with the syrup
  • Serve with whipped cream or ice cream