I’m generally not a huge fan of the Disney movies that were made in the 1970s, but The Apple Dumpling Gang is a definite exception. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I was fascinated with frontier and pioneer life as a child, and The Apple Dumpling Gang fed that fascination nicely. This movie is exciting, endearing, and funny (mostly thanks to the ever hilarious Don Knotts). Even as an adult, I enjoy rewatching this movie. Just as charming as ever!
In the movie, Celia says that their new adoptive dad, Mr. Donavan, will allow them to eat all the apple dumplings they want. Sounds good to me! Apple dumplings are super easy to make, too, which is a huge plus.
Apple Dumpling Recipe – Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang
- 4 apples, peeled and cored
- pie crust, cut into 6-inch squares
- 5 Tbsp. butter, divided
- 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 4 tsp. cinnamon
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups white sugar
- Place each of the apples onto a square of pie crust.
- Stuff the hollow center of each apple with 1 Tbsp of brown sugar, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1 Tbsp. butter.
- Wrap the pie crust around the apple, pinching it closed on top.
- Place the wrapped apples into a deep baking dish.
- Place the water, white sugar, and 1 Tbsp. butter into a pot.
- Heat the sugar/water mixture on medium heat until it starts to bubble, stirring constantly.
- Pour the sugar syrup over the apple dumplings. This will form a sweet, sticky sauce on the bottom of the pan.
- Bake at 400 degrees F fro 45 minutes, or until the dumplings turn a golden brown color.
Serve the dumplings warm, and spoon some of the sauce on top of each serving. These are also great served with ice cream.
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