Friday Nostalgia…Apple Dumplings…

It’s Friday!… I don’t know if it’s because I am now another year older but I seem to be maudlin and thinking about past times…hence the change for a Friday…Nostalgia who knows where that will take me..Hula Hoops, Hopscotch, 5 stones, Cat’s Cradle, Old Maid(card) game, today as it’s National Apple Dumpling Day it revived memories of my nana’s and mothers Apple Dumplings…my grandmother encased hers in pastry my mother used suet pastry…

For those of you who live in the Northern Hemisphere… fall or Autumn is here…Apple Harvests and Apple dumplings were/are an easy dessert to make and pop in the oven or in the steamer…served with vanilla custard they are delicious…

Where did they originate because every country has its own version of the Apple dumpling…Though the first recorded apple dumplings were made in England in the 18th century and traced throughout history across many communities…All with slightly different versions…These English Heritage dumplings are just how my mum used to make them…

In the United States, they’ve really become known as an iconic Pennsylvania food…In Pennsylvania culture, apple dumplings are eaten for breakfast with milk poured on top of them. Of course, they are also served as dessert, usually with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream…They are also often found among the delicious Amish recipes…

Of course so iconic was the Apple Dumpling that even Walt Disney made a film…who remembers this film? …

1975 Walt Disney movie, The Apple Dumpling Gang.

Bavarian Apple dumplings sound delicious…Delicious Bavarian Knödelgröstl … roasted dumplings served with sauerkraut, horseradish sauce and apple pieces…Different and delicious I like the sound of these…

Australian Golden Syrup Apple dumplings…these dumplings are baked in the over with golden syrup…I know someone who will like these my supply of golden syrup arrived yesterday and Lily absolutely loves anything with golden syrup…I think I might surprise her with these…

How about making a dipping sauce to go with your apple dumplings…a traditional vanilla glaze, orange cranberry ginger, salted caramel and maple bacon…Oh Yes!

  • 3 slices maple bacon
  • 10 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar firmly packed
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium, pan cook the bacon over high heat until the bacon is cooked and crunchy…once the bacon is cooked remove it from the pan and drain.

Leaving the bacon grease in the pan add the butter, brown sugar, water and salt then over medium to high heat stir constantly until the butter melts then reduce the heat and bring to a rolling boil for 5 mins stirring occasionally.

Chop the bacon up into very small pieces. Once the caramel has boiled for 5 mins remove from the heat and stir in the cream, bacon crumbles and vanilla extract.

Return to the heat and cook for 1-2 minutes remove from the heat and let the caramel rest and thicken for 10minutes…Seve with your dumplings and enjoy!

That’s all for today see you tomorrow for Saturday Snippets xxx



34 thoughts on “Friday Nostalgia…Apple Dumplings…

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Dolly Dear the first video gives you an example of how to steam dumplings which is how my mother used to make them the other is just to core your apples and add your choice of fillings i.e sultanas/nuts and wrap them in pastry of your choice and then cook in the oven until the apples are soft and the pastry golden…simple and delicious 🙂 x

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  2. petespringerauthor

    You’re hitting me where it hurts (in the stomach) between posts about potatoes and apples. Thank goodness there are still a few foods that I like while still being healthy for us.

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  4. beetleypete

    I haven’t had apple dumplings for such a long time, maybe 40+ years! My mum made them occasionally, but my favourites were actually the ones served up with custard at school dinners. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. beetleypete

        I had school dinners for most of my primary school years. Mum was working, and I went to my nan’s after school and in the holidays. I didn’t mind school dinners at all back then. The baked jam roll on Fridays was something I always looked forward to! x

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Cornbeef is likely..Spam I do not have any happy memories I have always disliked it with a passion…I suppose I could do foods I hated growing up with …like spam and pease pudding…x

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