Apple dumpling puddle pudding
I asked lots of people what their favourite comfort food was, and dumplings came up again and again. I’d never tried sweet dumplings before, but knew they would be gorgeous. Light, fluffy dumplings, baked in a pool of salted caramel apples – what’s not to love?
SERVES 6 PREP 20 mins COOK 45 mins EASY V
450g light brown soft sugar 3 tbsp golden syrup
6 dessert apples (about 750g), peeled, cored and sliced double or clotted cream, to serve
For the dumplings
200g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp caster sugar pinch ground cinnamon 100g cold butter, cubed 6 tbsp milk
1 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan with 125ml water. Bring to a simmer, add the apples and cook for 10-15 mins until they’re starting to soften – it will be quite saucy. Add a generous pinch of salt, taste and check the balance, adding more if you like. If your pan isn’t ovenproof, pour into a baking dish about 20 x 30cm, or two smaller ones.
2 Tip the flour into a bowl. Mix with the baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Rub the butter into the mixture with your fingertips until it resembles damp sand. Add the milk, stir with a cutlery knife until it starts to clump together, then use your hands to bring the dough together, picking up any flaky bits. Don’t overwork it or your dumplings will be heavy. Divide into 12 golf ball-sized pieces and roll into dumplings. Arrange over the apples, leaving little gaps here and there. Sprinkle with a little extra sugar (brown or caster) and bake for 25 mins until the dumplings are puffed up and golden. Let rest for a few mins and serve with plenty of cold cream.
GOOD TO KNOW 1 of 5-a-day
PER SERVING 763 kcals • fat 26g • saturates 16g • carbs 127g • sugars 101g • fibre 3g • protein 5g • salt 1.2g
Omit the sugar and cinnamon when making these dumplings and they’ll work just as well on top of a stew. Try adding some grated parmesan instead for beef stew, chopped sage for a pork casserole or 1 tsp Dijon mustard if you’re serving them with chicken.