Five Ingredient Friday! Apple Dumplings compliments of Anna Gass - New Canaan & Darien Moms

If you are like me, as you read this, your kitchen has at least two big bowls of apples sitting on the counter. It’s that time of year where we head out to the apple orchard, for apples, pumpkin picking and the Facebook photo op. It’s a great time and everyone goes nuts picking apples off the tree and then you, super MOM, are left with the job of figuring out what to do with them all before they all go bad.
Apple pie is great but sometimes, it’s nice to change things up and make something quick and easy. So, for this edition of FIF, I bring you apple dumplings! Five ingredients; pop them in an hour before dinner and you will have yourself a lovely, individual dessert. Make it à la mode with some vanilla ice cream. I won’t give you a hard time for adding a 6th ingredient to the recipe, because, let’s face it, everything is better à la mode.

FIF Apple Dumplings

4 apples of your choice, peeled and cored

½ cup AP flour

½ cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 large sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Roll each apple to cover with the mixture.

Roll out the puff pastry and cut into squares.  Place an apple in the center of each square and pull up the sides to cover the apple.  Pinch at the top to seal closed.

Place apples in the freezer for fifteen minutes to chill the pastry.  This will keep it from sliding down the apple.

Remove from the freezer and place on a cookie sheet.  Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, based on the size of the apple.

To check if they are done, slide a knife into the apple.  It should be very soft and slip right out.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream or both!



Anna Francese Gass


In case you missed it…previous FIF recipes:

Presto Spaghetti Pie

Artichoke Francese

Creamy Clam Chowdha

Chicken Fajitas

Anna is working on a cookbook featuring recipes from around the world. She cooks with immigrants to translate their favorite and best recipes to paper for generations to come. If you have a Nonna who would be interested in cooking with Anna, please reach out via email: [email protected]

Here are some of Anna’s local experiences from Nonna’s Kitchen:

Nainai Tina’s Delicious Dumplings

Magda’s Delicious Pork Adobo

Bea’s Serbian Pita

Angela’s Magic Cuban Black Beans

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