You’ll be crazy for these delicious apple dumplings

This is one of my Mum’s recipes! When I was growing up, we used to always have dessert… every day, probably twice at weekends! I suddenly realised that although I know how to make most of Mums savoury items, the desserts, bakes and cakes I don’t have the recipes for!

I had forgotten about these delicious pastry encased apples – I was after another recipe but this was unearthed instead! These are so good! You’ll make these more than once! Baked fluffy apple, juicy raisins, delicate spices, all encased in a crisp pastry shell. Perfect! Thanks Mum!

Stuffed Bramley Apples bursting out of their pastry shells

You can of course, use any apples you have, but the bigger the better, and Bramley’s are perfect for this! To stuff these apples you could use a variety of fillings depending what you have in stock. You can use raisins, sultanas or currants mixed with a bit of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, or mixed spice) and a slither of butter if you wish. You could take the easy way and use a spoon or two of mincemeat. You could use chopped dates mixed with spice (thanks Uncle Ken!) or I guess you could actually use jam – apricot or raspberry I think would work perfectly).

The pastry I have used is my favourite recipe, but if you use eggs, feel free to add one, or, just use your own trusted shortcrust recipe.

Will one be enough… ?

The quantities depend on the size of your apples and how thinly (or thickly) you roll your pastry! The instructions are easy! Prepare pastry and roll out into a circle. Wash apples, cut out the core, then fill with your chosen filling. Place apple in the centre of the pastry and gently pull the pastry all around it and gently squeeze together. Leave a tiny gap at the top (preferably where the filling is). Place the apples on a non-stick tray and bake in a medium to hot oven for 30-40 minutes. The pastry will start to brown and the apples will be soft and fluffy. Serve on their own, with custard, ice-cream, cream or all three! 😛 Enjoy! 😀

It’s hard to believe that something so tasty could be forgotten! Even if you are not a fan of baked apples, these might actually change your mind! These would be great for something different after your Sunday roast! Why not give them a try!? 🙂

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Speak soon! Have a fantastic Sunday!

Laurena x


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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 8th March 2020 at 08:19

      Thank you for re-posting 🙂 Imagine if these came back as a dessert and everyone was making them! 😛 x

  • Eva Gallon 8th March 2020 at 08:40

    What a coincidence, I baked some apples for the first time in ages last night. What a great idea your Mum had to encase them in pastry, I would never have thought of that? Have a nice Sunday and happy international Women’s Day☺

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 8th March 2020 at 08:43

      Eva! Best you get baking some more! 😛 What did you put inside yours? 😀
      Mum and I have been having lunch after her appointment on a Thursday so I’m trying to get as many as her recipes as possible – they are mostly in her head though and she uses ounces which confuses me! 😛

  • Eva Gallon 8th March 2020 at 12:08

    My Mum measures in ‘glasses’ haha and all the recipes are in her head too (no handed-down hand-written recipes in my family)? I tend to just go for the classic filling of raisins or sultanas, cinnamon/mixed spice and maybe some walnuts or sliced almonds. Has to be eaten with Bird’s Original Custard with a bit of lemon juice added for that lovely tang?

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 8th March 2020 at 12:30

      Oh yes, Mum might use glasses too- especially for liquids! ? You should ask for your favourite recipes… I’ve got loads to get yet! Nuts are a great addition, I always forget! I’m not so sure on the lemon juice though! Did you make the custard or buy ready made?

  • Eva Gallon 8th March 2020 at 12:51

    I didn’t think you’d be so keen on the lemon? I use that old-school original powdered custard, I don’t like the instant/ready-made stuff- it’s too sweet for me. It’s kind of half-way between making it myself and being lazy if that makes sense?

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 8th March 2020 at 15:20

      ???? What milk do you make your custard with? We make white custard with regular cornflour, vanilla and oat milk. Boys want yellow custard though so I might have to give in!

  • Eva Gallon 8th March 2020 at 15:55

    It’s good you make your own☺You could always add a teeny bit of turmeric and a bit more sugar to ‘mask’ it hehe. I love using soya milk for custard (and almost anything else), it’s very similar to cow’s milk x


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