Monday, April 7, 2014

Husband’s Choice

Happy Monday morning! It’s a bit damp here – there, too? It's a good day to stay inside with a warm drink and a good book! Or maybe do some cooking.

Last week I mentioned the new “series” here at From Grammie’s Kitchen, and this is the first installment. My hubby selected the cookbook, I chose several great recipes, and he made the final decision (I should have known it would be a dessert!).

Last night I made these delicious apple dumplings after dinner. It’s an unusual recipe, as you’ll see when you read the ingredients. And if you haven’t had these before you’re in for a real treat! They’re easy to make and just plain yummy. Most of us here had to have seconds! A scoop of ice cream melting on top just added to the great taste.

SDC10317After the butter & sugar mixture.
SDC10318After the Mountain Dew.
SDC10319After a sprinkle of cinnamon.
SDC10320Out of the oven!
SDC10321Yum!

APPLE DUMPLINGS

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 8 sections each
2 (8 oz.) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (12 oz.) can Mountain Dew
dash ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8 x 10" baking dish and set aside.

Open the crescent roll dough and separate into sections. Wrap a piece of apple in each, beginning at the wide end. Place point down in prepared dish.

Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Add the sugar and vanilla. Pour over dumplings. 

Pour the Mountain Dew over the dumplings, then sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake for 40 minutes, until golden brown.

This recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks – Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond. The book is available at Amazon in both hard cover and Kindle editions starting at $10.90.

I’ve also seen the recipe online – and actually enjoyed these dumplings several years ago when an aunt brought them to a family reunion. You should definitely give them a try – both my husband and son said the recipe is a keeper!

Notes: It was easy to cut this recipe in half for our small household. I used granulated Splenda instead of sugar, and would have used a diet Mountain Dew if I had one. A 7x11" baking dish could be used instead of an 8x10" - I used a 2-quart oval.
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Today is No Housework Day - wish I could get away with that one! It's also Tater Day (It's Sweet Potatoes). Wednesday is National Cherish Antiques Day. We'll observe National Sibling Day on Thursday (Hello, Sister!). Have a grilled cheese on Saturday to celebrate Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, and follow it up with licorice candy for Licorice Day.

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