Let’s Get Bold…Or Not!

This recipe below, although genuinely delicious, is fantastic with that little tinge of saltiness of crumbled, cooked bacon. Simply add 3 tablespoons to the apple mixture before baking. Don’t want to get that bold? Then don’t! The smell wafting from the kitchen to the children’s room had my daughter and son coming out to see what was for dessert. (I think they were just happy I didn’t tell them to grab some cookies and milk to be honest).

New England Maple-Apple Dumplings
This recipe is almost too  simple to expect such great flavors to pop out at you. But such is the foundation of Yankee cookery. We New Englander’s certainly know our way around the comfort kitchen and we make do with the simplest of ingredients that easily rivals complicated desserts, and this is just such an example.

1(9-inch) premade pie crust, thawed
4 Macintosh apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Line a baking pan with parchment or waxed paper. In a large bowl, combine apples, cinnamon and butterscotch chips. Remove the pie crust to a work surface and, with a scalloped edged cookie cutter, cut out as many circles as possible. I was able to get 8 using a 4-inch cutter. But use smaller or larger cookie cutters if desired. Remember that the smaller the cutout, the less time cooking it will need, as well as a smaller amount of filling.
Place the cutout pastry circles on the lined baking sheet. Equally divide the apple filling into the center of each pastry. Fold the edges of each pastry decoratively(as shown) around the filling, leaving a quarter-sized opening on top. Brush the entire pie dough with maple syrup. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until well browned and bubbling. Remove from oven and serve immediately as is or with whipped topping or ice cream.