I love, love, love easy. If I can find a way to make a dessert recipe easier, you can bet I am going to use it. These amazingly easy apple dumplings take no time to make and are a crowd pleaser, to say the very least. Instead of spending time making dough, you can use those amazing refrigerated biscuits! Who knew a breakfast staple could be so versatile?!
Before we get started talking about this delicious recipe. however, we should talk about apples.
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What Type of Apple Should I Use??
According to my research, as well as my own preferences, Granny Smiths are the best apple to use for these apple dumplings.
Granny Smith apples keep their firmness when baked, so they are perfect for dumplings, pies and tarts. Gala, Honey Crisp, and Fuji are other types of apples that do well for baked goods that need firm apples.
For cakes, like this Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake, Red or Golden Delicious and Pink Ladies seem to win. Red and Golden Delicious Apples are also good for butters and sauces, since they become mushy when cooked.
How Do I Keep My Apples From Turning Brown Once I Cut Them?
This used to be one of my biggest pet peeves. I can’t stand brown fruits and veggies.
I found, however, that adding your cut apples to a bowl filled with water and a little lemon juice keeps them from browning while you’re getting your ingredients ready for baking.
Tips For This Recipe
- I recommend an apple slicer like this one. Seriously. makes things so easy.
- I also recommend a peeler. You can get a good old handheld one like this, or one for your KitchenAid Mixer. (The KitchenAid one also cores and slices. Just FYI.)
- If you don’t have a KitchenAid standing mixer, I cannot recommend them enough. As a matter of fact, you can check out all the things I recommend for the true baker in this post.
- 2 Granny Smith apple
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup sugar and 4 Tbs sugar, separated
- 1/4 C (1/2 stick) of butter
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 canned buttermilk biscuits
- 4-6 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375 dregees F and spray 8x8 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Peel, core and slice each apple into 8 slices. Add sliced to a bowl filled with water and lemon juice to keep slices from browning.
- In a small saucepan, heat sugar, water and vanilla over medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat.
- Seperate each biscuit into 2 halves. Wrap a bisvuit half around an apple slice, stretching biscuits slightly to make sure apples are completely wrapped.
- Place apples, seal sdie down, in 8x8 pan.
- Pour hot sugar mixture over apples.
- Sprinkle remaining sugar and cinnamon on top of apples.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove and eat (preferably with vanilla ice cream).