Crescent dough (in my case croissant dough), Granny Smith apple, butter, brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon, and lemon-lime soda – the easiest apple dumplings ever. Soooooo good! Just don’t forget the vanilla ice cream!
Yesterday we were visiting my parents. That was a kind of unexpected visit. Since we haven’t anything planned, I called my mother and told her that we are coming. Of course, she was happy, she didn’t see her granddaughter for almost a week (that is a very long time for her). Anyway, as always my mum ask was what we wanted for lunch (lunch is the main meal of the day in Croatia), but she didn’t tell me she was making a dessert too. And that was a surprise. She made Croatian apple pie, and I couldn’t be happier. I ate almost half of the pan by myself (I am allowed, after all, I breastfeed my baby). I am totally into apple desserts this fall. I made 3 apple desserts in September and one of them was these extremely delicious apple dumplings. Another two are waiting to be published. So stay tuned.
I know this recipe is nothing new, most bloggers have their own version, which is usually no different than the original (I think it was first published on The Pioneer Woman). If everyone else is having this recipe published why wouldn’t I have too 🙂
Okay, back to the recipe. Ingredients are simple. Folks in the US will be using crescent dough, which we do not have here in Croatia (I don’t know if there is anything like in UK, Australia, or other countries), and what we have here and is going superb with this recipe is store-bought croissant dough. Another thing is lemon-lime soda, so use 7Up, Sprite, Mountain Dew, or any other. All of the other ingredients are basic ones – brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and of course cinnamon. For me, cinnamon is a MUST in apple desserts. I cut my croissant dough in 8 triangles, and cut apples in 8 wedges, roll each piece of apple into the dough and arrange it on the baking pan (9x13in = 23x33cm). Mix melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and a pinch of cinnamon. Pour prepared sauce over every dumpling. Pour soda in between dumpling and sprinkle every dumpling with cinnamon. Bake at 175C (350F) for 35-40 minutes and indulge in every bite of this delicious dessert, preferably with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream.
- 2 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced into 8 wedges
- 2 cans crescent rolls or 2 packages of croissant dough cut into 8 triangles
- 230 grams butter (2 sticks)
- 250 grams brown sugar (1 1/4 cup; 8.8 oz)
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon + more for sprinkling
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 360 lemon soda (1 1/2cup) such as Sprite or Mountain Dew
- Preheat oven to 175 °C (350 °F).
- Peel, core, and slice apples. Butter a baking pan 9x13 (23x33cm), and roll each slice of apple in the crescent roll (croissant roll) and place them in prepared baking dish.
- Melt butter over medium-low heat, add sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Remove from heat and pour over dumplings.
- Pour lemon soda in the middle and along the edges of a pan BUT not over dumplings.
- Sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on every dumpling.
- Bake 35-40 minutes or until they become golden brown.
- Serve warm, alone or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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