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The Liquid Ingredient You Need For The Ultimate Apple Dumplings

Apple dumpling with ice cream
Apple dumpling with ice cream - Jessica Morone/Mashed

Imagine sipping on a cozy mug of apple cider next to the crackling fireplace. Now, picture incorporating that same beloved festive beverage into your favorite baked goods. According to Mashed recipe developer Jessica Morone, the time has come to add apple cider to your list of secret ingredients, especially when it comes to elevating a batch of old-fashioned apple dumplings.

To comprehend the impact of the spicy-sweet elixir in treats such as apple dumplings, it's crucial to understand the components of the dish. Each element plays a unique role in whipping up the perfect apple dumpling. For instance, Morone's recipe calls for Granny Smith apples, which are prized in baking for their inherent tartness. Apple cider plays the role of bringing a more intense but still appropriate flavor to the recipe's topping.

The infusion of apple cider into the caramel sauce is where the magic really happens. Morone's deviation toward apple cider in lieu of water is a game-changer. As Morone states, "A lot of the standard recipes for apple dumplings just use water in the sauce, but apple cider really amps up the apple flavor and makes the sauce even more delicious."

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Apple Cider Instantly Enlivens Apple Dumplings

Apple dumpling ingredients on wood
Apple dumpling ingredients on wood - Jessica Morone/Mashed

The acidity and natural sweetness of apple cider both complement the sour zip of Granny Smith apples, creating a symphony of fruity notes that dances on the palate. In addition to upgrading the taste, apple cider contributes to the caramel sauce's texture, lending it a velvety richness that coats the dumplings with a luxurious sheen. The viscosity of the sauce is heightened by the sugars and butter, forming a luscious layer that envelops the dumplings. The result is a mouthwatering amalgamation of flaky pie crust, tender apples, and a decadent caramel drizzle.

Apple cider introduces a pleasant, seasonal warmth. The earthy undertones evoke the essence of fall to create a sensory experience that transcends taste alone. The aroma that wafts from the oven, instilled with the fragrance of apples and cider, transforms the kitchen into a haven that encapsulates the spirit of autumn. Jessica Morone's suggestion to serve freshly baked apple dumplings à la mode — that is, with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream — further improves the dessert. "Cool Whip or regular whipped cream would also work really well," she adds. If you follow Morone's guidance, everyone who consumes your apple dumplings might beg for a second helping, your secret, or both.

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