Caramel Apple Dumplings

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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 4
YIELD: 4 puffs
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Make Caramel Sauce.
  • Peel apples, core each, creating a 1" wide hollow from top to bottom.
  • Place apples in a bowl and coat with lemon juice.
  • On a lightly floured board, roll pastry into a 12" square.
  • Cut into four equal squares and center an apple upright on each.
  • Pour Caramel Sauce equally into apple hollows.
  • Add chopped nuts at this time, if using.
  • Brush egg/water mixture over 1/2" wide border around each pastry.
  • To wrap each dumpling, with floured finger bring two opposite pastry corners up over apple and pinch tips together. Repeat with remaining two corners.
  • Firmly pinch all tips together; pinch each seam, then fold over about 1/8" along the seam and pinch again, leaving no holes.
  • Space evenly on a buttered 12x15" baking sheet.
  • Bake at 375F for 20 minutes.
  • Bake until pastry is deep golden, 10-15 minutes longer.
  • With a wide spatula, transfer the dumplings to plates.
  • Accompany with remaining caramel sauce and ice cream, if desired.
  • Caramel Sauce:
  • In a 2-3 quart pan over medium heat, tilt and swirl sugar often until melted and amber-colored. About 5-7 minutes.
  • Stir in whipping cream; mixture will bubble and sugar will harden.
  • Stir until sugar melts again and sauce boils, 6-8 minutes.
  • At once, pour sauce into a bowl.
  • Stir in vanilla.
  • Let sauce cool for 10 minutes, then stir in the rum.
  • Serve warm or cool.
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