November 12, 2009

Caramel Apple Dumplings

Have you ever tasted Autumn? I have, and for me it is apples stuffed with cinnamon, pecans and caramel; baked until tender, in a light and buttery puff pastry!

This old fashioned dessert is simple, filling and tasty. The tart apples paired with the sweet caramel, offer just the right amount of sweetness, creating the perfect balance.

I know some people like to add some kind of sugar based sauce to their dumplings, but here, there simply is no need. The apples are stuffed with a rich caramel that produces a wonderfully creamy and slightly runny center, eliminating the need for any sauce. The only thing needed at this point is vanilla ice cream and an extra hour at the gym :)

The most time consuming part of this recipe is making the caramel (Dulce de leche). The rest is as simple as it gets. If you are short on time, you could always use a good quality store bought Dulce de leche. Stonewall Kitchen makes a good one.

For convenience and ease I have used ready made puff pastry. But if you prefer the painstaking process of making your own, I applaud you!

Makes 4 dumplings.

4 small granny smith apples
1/2 cup caramel
1/3 cup roughly chopped pecans
2 sheets puff pastry
1 tsp cinnamon
A few tbls of brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
Vanilla ice cream to serve

Preheat oven to 375F.

Thin pastry out a little and cut into 4 squares. Reserve scraps for decoration.

Starting from the bottom, carefully core the apples to within 3/4 inch of the top. The aim here is to leave the stem intact for some rustic charm. Next, peel the apples.

Mix together the caramel, pecans and cinnamon. Spoon mixture into the apple cavities. Sprinkle the pastry squares with a little brown sugar. Carefully place each apple (stem side up) onto the center of each square. Moisten the pastry edges with a bit of water. Bring the edges of the pastry together pinching to seal around the stem. Decorate with leaves using leftover pastry.

Place dumplings on a baking sheet and brush with the beaten egg. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until pastry is golden and the apples are just tender. Insert a toothpick to be sure. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


  1. These are gorgeous, a sheer masterpiece!

  2. My goodness, look at how gorgeous these are! These are almost too pretty to eat.

  3. These are a little bit rustic and a lot of elegance! Their beautiful! I bet the insides are just delicious.

  4. Thanks for stopping by, I love meeting new and exciting friends! These adorable little apple dumplings are just what I need after all those "pizza dumplings" I made last week!

  5. OMG! They are simply gorgeous! mmm...with vanilla ice cream....what an enjoyment!

  6. Beautiful pictures! They look delicious.

  7. Caramel apple is definitely one of the principle tastes of autumn. These are so beautiful and decadent, a perfect dessert for a dinner party. Dare I say for Thanksgiving?

  8. These make an exceptional presentation as well as being delicious.

  9. I want to taste Autumn! I love how the stem is peeking through the top...super gorgeous! These sound absolutely amazing :D

  10. Adorable! I love anything 'apple!' Can't wait to try these.

  11. These recipes are great, might try my hand at the French Onion soup, if I can muster the strength and will power after work one of these days.

    I'm even more taken by the photos though. What camera/lens you rolling on? They look decidedly 50mm f1.4-ish?

  12. This are so cute! My family will be very impressed if I can pull these off for Turkey day!

  13. A truly georgous dessert!! Perfect for autumn!!

    This is pure indulgence,...MMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

  14. Thank you everyone, for your lovely comments!

    @Ross, I have a Canon 30D and several lenses but the majority of photo's on this site are indeed, taken with a 50mm 1.4. I'm glad you like them! :)

  15. Appetizing blog, DIVINE!!
    I joined your followers and will be back.
    Aurelio "The Tuscan Cook"

  16. I love your blog, the recipes are beautiful and definately capture my attention! I will be back! Thanks for visiting sjgourmet. I hope to see you again!

  17. Yummy! Interesting blog, the pictures are great.

  18. oh these look amazing what a lovely blog you have fellow Brit Rebecca

  19. Hey,
    Thanks for stopping by my spot. I was looking at your other posts..very artistic presentation and awesome Clicks. I am so following you.