Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

It’s September, a few leaves have begun to fall, the days have gotten noticeably shorter, the air has gotten a bit crisper, and I am more than ready to start baking with apples and cinnamon. I love summer for the first month or two, and then once the days get unbearably hot and humid, I pine for the cool, crisp days of fall. The grass is always greener, right? I adore baking during the fall; between the flavors of things like apples and pumpkin, and the warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, it just feels like a big cozy blanket. I have put off making apple dumplings for at least three years, thinking that they were some sort of complicated undertaking. I could not have been more wrong, and these apple dumplings could not have been more delicious.

Apple Dumplings by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

In order to make these, all you need to do is gather up some good Granny Smith apples (or the tart apple of your choice), mix together an easy one-bowl pastry crust and a boiled sauce. The apples are peeled and cored and their center is stuffed with a bit of butter and a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Each apple is wrapped up in pastry crust, which can be as perfect or rustic as you like. The pastry-covered apples are drenched with a boiled butter and brown sugar sauce. They are baked for nearly an hour, until the apples are soft and tender, and the pastry crust is golden brown.

Apple Dumplings by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

Have I mentioned that I could eat an entire pie without filling? As in, just crust? I absolutely adore pie crust, and this pastry crust recipe is one of the best I’ve ever had.

In a word, these are phenomenal. So much less fuss than I had anticipated, and a perfect dessert for a fall dinner party (or a special snack for two on a rainy weekday afternoon!). Serve the apple dumplings with a drizzle of extra sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you’ll have friends for life. Bring on the fall baking!

Apple Dumplings by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

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Apple Dumplings

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 to 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

An easy recipe for Apple Dumplings - fabulous cinnamon-sugar apples baked in a flaky pastry surrounded by a buttery brown sugar sauce.

Ingredients:

For the Pastry:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable shortening, chilled
⅓ cup ice water

For the Apples:
8 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
8 teaspoons unsalted butter
7 teaspoons granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the Sauce:
1½ cups light brown sugar
1 cup water
½ cup salted butter, cubed

Directions:

1. Make the Pastry Dough: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the shortening until the mixture is crumbly. Gradually add the ice water, tossing the mixture with a fork, until the dough forms a cohesive mass. Divide the dough into eight equal portions, wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

3. Assemble the Apples: Roll each portion of dough on a lightly floured work surface into a 7-inch square. Place an apple in the center of each square. Place 1 teaspoon of butter and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon-sugar mixture in the center of each apple.

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4. Gently bring up the corners of the pastry to the center of each apple; pinch the edges to seal. Place the pastry-encased apples in a greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.

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5. Make the Sauce: In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water and butter over medium-high heat until it just begins to boil, stirring occasionally. Pour the sauce evenly over the apples.

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6. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until the apples are tender and the pastry is golden brown, basting occasionally with the sauce. These are best served warm immediately after baking.

(Recipe adapted from Taste of Home)

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72 Responses to “Apple Dumplings”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on September 10, 2013 at 12:10 am

    This is a good old-fashioned apple dumpling like my mom and grandma used to make and they look so good! The pastry looks so flaky and perfect! And the caramel sauce – yes!

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  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on September 10, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Gorgeous, I’m drooling over that caramel sauce!

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  3. Kristi on September 10, 2013 at 1:07 am

    I noticed today when I was driving that the days are starting to get a little shorter, and night is coming a little quicker than usual. I like it though. I am ready for fall.

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  4. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on September 10, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I love that you described it as a big cozy blanket, that’s totally how I feel! I love this time of the year and I can’t wait to go apple picking so I can make these dumplings!

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  5. ThisBakerGirlBlogs on September 10, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Mmmm looks delicious!

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  6. Becca @ Crumbs on September 10, 2013 at 3:10 am

    YUM! I completely agree with you about eating just pie crusts if it was acceptable! Such a great autumn recipe

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  7. Ellen on September 10, 2013 at 3:52 am

    These are so cute. In all my single-girl glory, I think I’m gonna devise a way to make them “for one”;)

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    • Marla on September 10th, 2013 at 7:39 am

      If you have freezer space, you could make the dough and freeze the portioned out pieces individually. That way, you’ll have the dough already made any time you want to celebrate your single-girl self!

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  8. Marty on September 10, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Just bought some apples and will be making them. Can I make the dough with a food processor? Thanks for the great recipe!

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    • Michelle on September 10th, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Hi Marty, Sure you can make the dough with a food processor if you prefer.

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  9. Jamie @lifelovelemons on September 10, 2013 at 6:16 am

    How beautiful and delicious! Seriously cannot wait to try these!

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  10. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on September 10, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I LOVE apple dumplings, but haven’t made my own! This is definitely the recipe that I’ll try – they look perfect :)

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  11. Emily @ Life on Food on September 10, 2013 at 6:38 am

    This was a must whenever we went to the apple orchard growing up. I can only imagine the smell when baking at home. Yep, this is a must do.

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  12. Terry on September 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I’ve always wanted to make Apple Dumplings but homemade pie crust and I don’t “gee-haw” so I think I’m gonna try this with the refrigerated ones. I bet it won’t be as flaky as yours but who cares once it is smothered in The Sauce!! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  13. Tieghan on September 10, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Oh wow! These look so good and old time! I love that! I need to get making these ASAP!

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  14. Nancy Long on September 10, 2013 at 8:32 am

    saving this recipe for when we get some cooler weather here in West Central FL – hopefully October!

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  15. The Bearfoot Baker on September 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

    It is almost time for my “Autumn Apple Adventure” to start! I love fall because of amazing recipes like this one! Thanks so much for sharing and your photos are gorgeous!!

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  16. Valerie L. on September 10, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Michelle, Autumn is my favorite season, and this recipe just seems to capture the essence of autumn. Thanks for yet another great recipe!

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  17. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on September 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Thank you so much for the step by step!! It helps me when baking to be able to see the recipe progress!

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  18. Marcie @ flavor the moments on September 10, 2013 at 10:06 am

    These are gorgeous, Michelle! Nothing says fall more than a baked apples. I love all the step by step photos you included, too.

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  19. Arthur in the garden! on September 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Amazing….and now I am craving an apple dumpling! :-)

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  20. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner on September 10, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I’ve never seen this idea before…love it! Pinned. :)

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  21. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on September 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I’ve never seen apple dumplings made like this before! What a great idea!

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  22. Nakeli on September 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Can you use chilled butter instead of shortening?

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    • Michelle on September 10th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      I’m sure you can, the texture of the crust will just be different.

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    • Julie on December 29th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      I just made these tonight with coconut oil (solidified – make most of my pie crusts that way these days) and they were DELICIOUS! (I did use butter in the caramel sauce, but used sucanat for sugar both in the apples & sauce.)
      Love your site (“BrownEyedBaker”) as I’m a brown-eyed baker myself & my middle name is Michelle! :)

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  23. Emily on September 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Your pictures and description are amazing! Can’t wait to try these this fall. We go apple picking each year, and I LOVE making my apple pie… but I am always looking for something different to do with all the apples. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  24. Vicki @ WITK on September 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

    This looks so good and even pretty healthy! Love apple season!!!

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  25. Becky on September 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Apples are almost ready where I am, and I can’t wait! I agree with you about summer, and this year it has seemed to drag on. Thanks for the great recipe… I’ve never seen dumplings cooked right in their sauce, but they look wonderful.

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  26. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate on September 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Oh I didn’t realize the apples were kept whole in this. I like that idea, they’re like baked apples on steroids!

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  27. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent on September 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Wow those look really good! I’m not sure that I ever knew exactly what an apple dumpling was, but now I do. I am definitely going to have to try this recipe out :)

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  28. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction on September 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I love when apple season rolls around! Apple dumplings are a favorite around here!

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  29. Christina on September 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    If we freeze the dough how long will it last and about how long does it normally take to thaw out. Also does anyone know of another spice that is good with apples other then cinnamon I have an aunt who is allergic to cinnamon…and would love to be able to make something with apples for the holidays that she can eat/be around. Thanks in advance

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    • Michelle on September 10th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Christina, I think the dough would freeze well for 1-2 months. I would recommend thawing in the refrigerator overnight. Nutmeg is another popular spice with apples, but I don’t think I would use as much nutmeg as cinnamon; just a fraction.

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      • Christina on September 11th, 2013 at 7:54 am

        Thank You!

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    • Julie on December 29th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      I’ve successfully frozen pie crust dough for several months no problem. I usually thaw on the counter as I don’t have time to thaw in the fridge, but that would probably work better if you have the time (it takes forever).

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  30. nusrat2010 on September 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    How crafty and cute that dumpling looks! Smells and looks way, waaaaaaaaaaaay better, prettier than the store-bought ones :)
    Thanks for the nice post, lovely recipe and gorgeous images.
    Love.

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  31. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts on September 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    These just look like fall! They look – and I bet they smell – amazing!!

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  32. Kathleen on September 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    What an amazing coincidence—I had just today picked out a recipe for apple dumplings. I’ve never made them–now, I’m going to use your recipe—thanks for the step-by-step snaps!!!!
    Yummy :o)

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  33. sharleen on September 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    This looks amazing!!… On a side note, recently your blog has a lot of pop up ads and slows down my browser whenever I am on it :/ is it just me?

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  34. 2 Sisters Recipes on September 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    What an amazing recipe, and I love the pantry ingredients- so easy to pull this off without a lot of fuss. I am on it girl!

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  35. Tracey on September 10, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I made apple dumplings for the first time last year, and am convinced they are one of the best fall desserts ever! Yours look phenomenal, I can’t wait to try this recipe – maybe to celebrate the start of training camp tomorrow! :)

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  36. Laura Dembowski on September 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    It’s like an individual pie without all the fuss! I recently discovered a love of pie crust and often find myself stealing pieces off of pies I bake :)

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  37. Elizabeth on September 13, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    This was really good and wonderfully easy. We are apple recipe freaks at our house and today I made this as a surprise for my 4th grader, he was so happy. He just got a good look at the Triple Chocolate Mousse and I’m guessing that might be the next BEB adventure. Thank you for this site.

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  38. Silvia on September 14, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Yey for “The week-end dish”!
    I had missed these! Can’t wait for some decent apples to come!
    Here we’re in a kind of gray and rainy oblivion, where it’s not autumn yet, but it’s definitely not summer anymore. Fingers crossed!

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  39. Connie Clough - CloBaker on September 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Excellent recipe!! Took it to family reunion and the licked the platter clean!! I used apples from my apple tree! Yummy! Thank you!

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  40. Sonya W. on September 16, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I made these this weekend….I too am embracing the fall weather. They were as easy to assemble as described….my house smelled amazing!! And my husband and children gobbled them up!!! I enjoy your website, I have made lots of your recipes….my family thanks you for the great snacks and treats!!

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  41. Justin on September 18, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    These are great. You can use your own pie crust but I wouldn’t. Me and my kids made them together and was a lot of fun for them

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  42. Rida on September 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

    How do you core the apples? I’ve never baked with apples before so I’m excited =) I made your Peach coffee cake last week and everyone loved itt!!

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    • Michelle on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Hi Rida, You can buy an apple corer at most kitchen stores (and probably places like Target, too), that’s the easiest way. I realized I don’t have one, so I just used a paring knife and worked VERY slowly and carefully.

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  43. Micah on September 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I made these last night & they were a HUGE hit! They took forever for me to make but I’m sure it’s my own fault. I used freshly-ground spelt flour & had a hard time with the crust. I only covered 6 smallish apples. I will invest in an apple corer so I can make these more quickly. I managed to core then with a knife but it took a while. We enjoyed them so mush we were still talking about them today, wishing for leftovers. I may need to make more tonight!

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  44. giz on September 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    In a big world of desserts this one is in my top 5. It”s simple, satisfying and easy to make. Can anything be finer?

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  45. jan on September 29, 2013 at 3:20 am

    OMG! How could I have forgotten! My Gran used to make these for us nearly every time we visited! It was one of the first recipes she taught to me. Thanks for that. I will have to dust off my old recipe card and start the tradition with my own kids.

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  46. Ellimac on September 29, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Delish! Next time I will substitute the shortening for butter. Very good recipe; a keeper. Thanks.

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  47. Michele on September 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    OMG !! My husband said “Honey you make a lot of things” but this is the best you have ever made ! They were just amazingly delicious :)

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  48. Vika on October 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Looks amazing!! I was wondering though if I could use small granny smith apples instead of medium ones and what the adjustments would be??

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    • Michelle on October 11th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Vika, You shouldn’t need to make any adjustments. If you have extra dough, you might be able to squeeze an extra apple out of the recipe, depending on how small they are.

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  49. Anya on October 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I made these this weekend and they turned out great! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I added a bit of ground cloves and ginger in with the cinnamon sugar. Delicious!! :)

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  50. Marti Neal on October 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I made these tonight and they tasted great but the apples didn’t hold up. They turned into mush.. I used granny smith and only cooked them 50 min. until the crust turned golden. Can you tell me what I need to do different next time.

    Thank you

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    • Michelle on October 11th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Marti, They may have been on the edge of being overripe. The apples will soften significantly, but they should not turn to mush.

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    • Laura K. on October 13th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      This happened to me too :-/ They just blew up and turned to mush. The texture was off, but it tasted good! The dough was good too.

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  51. Vika on October 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Hi!:) I’m planning on making these next and I was wondering if I could use “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!” Salted butter for the sauce? I don’t have salted butter sticks so would it change anything?? Thanks!:))

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    • Michelle on October 11th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Vika, I really, really dislike imitation butter products. If you can go to the store and grab some real butter, it will be completely worth it!

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      • Vika on October 11th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

        Oh my goodness thank-you! It was so worth it!! I made them this evening along with your pumpkin bread recipe and now our house smells like Thanksgiving!:) So good!:))

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  52. Connie K on October 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    These were a huge hit! Thank you for sharing! I have made several of your recipes and they have always been well received. Love your blog too!

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  53. C. Thompson on October 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I am the only person in my home who loves cooked apples. I would like to your an already made crust such as Pillsbury. I want to make only one apple. What are your thoughts about using an already prepared crust? Should I double the covering on the apple?

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    • Michelle on October 22nd, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      You could use the prepared crust, although I’m not sure how much you would need for one apple.

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  54. Jami on October 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I’m thinking I will replace the water with apple cider for the sauce…

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  55. Suzanne on November 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Skipping apple pie this Thanksgiving and making these instead!

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  56. Patricia Popple on March 11, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Against my intuition, I followed the recipe and poured the sauce into the baking dish. Big mistake. It turned the crust into a soggy mess. If I make this again, I’ll bake the apples without it and then serve the sauce on the side after boiling it down a bit on top of the stove.

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  57. Sally K. on April 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I like Granny Smith apples, but Honey Crisp, Lady Alice, or Pippins are even better for baking if you can get them. I think the Granny Smith are less nuanced in flavor. Your recipe looks amazing though! Will give it a try! Thank you!

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  58. Amber on September 21, 2014 at 11:06 am

    This is the absolute best recipe ever!! used margarine in place of the butter and shortening because that’s what I had on hand and it turned out perfect.

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