Aroniaberry Apple Dumplings

Posted by Superberries Team on 10/6/2023 to Aronia Berry Recipes

Superberries Aronia Apple Dumplings

We've added our Superberries' Berry-liciousness to this classic American dessert, Apple Dumplings. In this recipe, we filled the center of the apples with our Chunky Aroniaberry Apple Sauce to deliver a dimensional flavorful dessert to truly savor. 

The first recorded apple dumplings were made in England in the 18th century, but these desserts can be traced throughout history across many places in the United States. This dish has become known as an iconic Pennsylvania food because they are believed to be derived from the Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Pie.  In Pennsylvania, apple dumplings are eaten for breakfast with milk. Of course, they are also served as dessert with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream. In this recipe, we added a caramel sauce. 

Aronia Apple Dumplings

8 medium tart apples, peeled and double cored
Cinnamon Sugar

Dumpling Dough Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup shortening

1/3 cup cold water

Dumpling Dough Directions: In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Add water, gradually tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide into 8 small balls of dough. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until easy to handle.

Chunky Aroniaberry Apple Sauce Ingredients

1/3 cup Superberries Fresh-Frozen Arionaberries

2 cups Apples (cubed)

1/4 cup Sugar  

2 tablespoons Lemon Juice

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon  

Aronia Apple Sauce Directions:  In a 2-quart saucepan, combine all ingredients.  Cook over medium heat until mixture boils.  Reduce heat so mixture just simmers, cover.  Cook 15 minutes, remove cover, and stir.  Continue cooking 5 to 10 minutes or until apples are tender and mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally.

Caramel Sauce Ingredients

1-1/2 cups brown sugar

1 cup water

1/2 cup butter

Caramel Sauce Directions: In a large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring until blended.  

Dumpling Directions:  Preheat oven to 350°. Roll each ball of dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper into a 7-inch square. Place the doubled-cored apple in the center of each square. Spoon the Chunky Aronia berry Apple Sauce in the center of each apple. Gently bring up corners of pastry to the center of the apples, trimming the excess, pinch edges to seal.

Optional: Cut out leaves and stems from dough scraps; attach to dumplings. Water will help it stick. 

Place dumplings in a greased 13x9 baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Pour sauce over apple dumplings and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown, 50-55 minutes, basting with sauce. Serve warm.