I really should have saved this recipe for fall when apples are in season, but these dumplings looked too delicious to pass up. This recipe comes from the Pioneer Woman.
12" dutch oven
2 whole Granny Smith Apples
2 cans (8 Oz. Cans) Crescent Rolls
2 sticks Butter
1-½ cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Cinnamon, To Taste
1 can (12 Oz.) Mountain Dew Soda
Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 12" buttered dutch oven.
In an 8" or 10" DO, melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. You will only need a few coals for this, I used 8, since you only need to melt the butter, not cook the mixture. Add vanilla and stir, you want the mixture lumpy and grainy, so just barely stir. Pour entire mixture over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees, using 10 coals on the bottom and 14 on top, for 40 minutes, or until the tops are golden. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top. Serves 8.
The Finished Product
Oh, they were sweet. They were gooey. They were delicious. They were easy. They were perfect. They need to be made regularly. Really, they do. These were so easy, they would be a great camping dessert. I might have spent 10 minutes putting them together, and it took a lot less time than that to devour them. They are really rich, so ice cream is a must. I will be making these again! Grade A.