Baked Apple Dumplings with Cranberry Filling



6 servings



1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
6 md. golden delicious apples
1 recipe double crust pie pastry
1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp. granulated sugar


Heat oven to 425°F. Combine sour cream, sugar, cranberries and orange peel. Core apples, making a hole with 1 1/4-inch diameter. Do not cut through bottom; do not peel. Divide pastry into 6 equal pieces.

On a well-floured board, roll out one peice into 9-inch square. Lightly brush dough with water. Set apple in center of dough. Fill with sourcream mixture. Gather up corners of pastry and bring together at top, forming a decorative twist; cut off excess pastry and reserve.

Press pastry to smoothly encase apple. Pinch each of the 4 flaps of excess dough to seal. Trim to 1/2-inch width, following curve of apple; reserve excess pastry. Press seams against apple. Refrigerate while wrapping remaining apples.

Brush a dumpling with milk. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. sugar. Set on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dumplings. Place 2 inches apart on sheet. Prick dough in several places with fork, not piercing apple skin. If desired, roll out excess dough. Cut out decorative leaves. Attach to dumpling with water. Bake in 425 oven for 30 minutes or until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown. Serve warm.

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