DAY#31 - Apple Dumps
One of my favorite desserts in this world is the apple dumpling. I didn't know this till several years ago when I was working at our local YFC auction at the bake stand. Before the auction started two women(angels) dropped off a dozen sets of apple dumplings as their donation. They were arranged two to a loaf pan and the pan was half filled with a buttery sugar sauce of some sort. They looked good so I bought a pan to take home with me that evening.
As I relaxed that night I heated up the dumplimgs and feasted on them they were . . . . incredible! The dough was flaky, the sugar sauce was delish, the apple had just the right amount of cinnamon. YUM! The next morning, I went back to the bake sale and scoured the place for more but they were gone. Sadly, I would have to wait a year.
The following year the ladies appeared again with more dumplings. I was more than happy to help them unload and quicky hid a few trays for me to buy later. I froze a few and ate them sparingly trying to bide my time till the next auction. I did this for several years. I would hoard as many as I could and eat them slowly. When I stopped working the bake sale I even trained my replacement to look for the dumpling donation and put some aside for me. I had become a dumpling attic.
It has been several years since I have had one of their dumplings. I still remember the taste of cinnamon sugar on a soft baked apple and the texture of flaky crust. So to curb my sweet dessert cravings I have been working on a healthier replacement.
Thanks to my mom and her gift of a pampered chef apple peeler many years ago I have been peeling and thin spiral slicing an apple. Then I sprinkle it with cinnamon and then cover it with my new friend stevia. After some trials I have been popping my apple in the microwave for about 3 minutes until I can smell it in the next room.
What follows is a total YUM fest. Warm cinnamon covered sweet apple that reminds me of an apple dumpling. There is no flaky crust, but it does fill my need for something sweet with something sweet & healthy. Now if they could just find a plant in South America that grows calorie free pie dough.