What beats the warm, flaky, sweet goodness of an apple dumpling? On a rainy day, not much – except maybe that same dumpling topped with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. Apple dumplings bring us back to our youth, to that incredible aroma in the kitchen, turning on the oven light to watch the dumplings puff up, and waiting for what felt like an eternity for them to be ready!
When making apple dumplings, the best apple is a tart variety that stands up to baking, like a Granny Smith. Granny Smith apples won’t get mushy in the baking process, but will bake up nicely underneath the flaky layers of pastry dough. Golden Delicious and Idared apples are also great to try when making dumplings.