My favorite season of the year has finally arrived! I love everything about fall...the changing leaves, the crisp air, the comfy sweaters and most of all, the flavors of the season. I'm talking cinnamon, pumpkin and of course, apples.
I had the chance to go apple picking this past weekend and came back with nearly a 1/2 bushel of apples - a mix of MacIntosh, Jonathan, Stayman and Golden Delicious. When I returned with my haul of apples, I knew exactly which recipe I wanted to try first. I came across a recipe for Apple Dumpling Slices via King Arthur Flour. I liked the twist on a traditional apple dumpling and it reminded me of my favorite blackberry cobbler recipe.
Essentially, you make a quick biscuit dough, fill it with chopped apples and cinnamon, roll it up, slice it and place on top a layer of melted butter and then pour a sweet apple cider syrup on top. (And commence the drooling.)
The instructions may seem complicated (you are making 3 separate elements) - but everything comes together quite easily. This cobbler (as I like to think of it) is delicious hot out of the oven or at room temperature, with ice cream or without, with a fork or with your fingers. Anyway you look at it, this is a delicious way to enjoy the flavors of the season!
APPLE DUMPLING COBBLER
adapted from King Arthur Flour
- 4 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups apples, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups self-raising flour (*see note below)
- 6 Tbst cold butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Pour melted butter into 9x13 pan and spread evenly across the bottom. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, heat apple cider and sugar until sugar is melted and mixture is clear. Set aside.
- Mix chopped apples with cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, add flour and cut in cold butter until mixture is crumbly. Add milk and mix just until dough comes together. Knead gently until dough becomes cohesive.
- Roll out dough into a 10x15 rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle chopped apples over entire surface of dough.
- Using the long edge, roll up the dough into a log. Divide into 16 slices (tip: start cutting in the middle and work your way to the ends. The dough may be crumbly and the slices may try to fall apart - but don't worry, it will still taste delicious!)
- Arrange each slice on top of the melted butter in the prepared pan. Pour the apple cider syrup over top of all the slices.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, until lightly browned and the syrup is bubbly.
*Note: To substitute for 1 cup self-raising flour, add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt to 1 cup all-purpose flour.