An Apple of a Blue Moon Dumpling

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Ingredients (18)

Prepare Blue Moon Sauce

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Blue Moon Bee
  • 3 Tbls Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • Pastry Dough
  • 2 2/3 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Shortening
  • 7 to 8 Tbls Cold Milk
  • Apple Filling
  • 5 cups Thinly sliced peeled Golden Delicious Apples
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 Tbls Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg (preferably freshly grated)
  • Dash Salt
  • 2 Tbls Butter

My daughter and I were experimenting during a family vacation, and she made Blue Moon Funnel cakes with a Blue Moon caramel sauce – both were delicious, but the sauce struck her with an overwhelming taste memory. She described sneaking into the kitchen late one night, when I had made my “infamous” apple dumplings. She explained how these dumplings are transcendent: unlike any of the other dumplings she’s sampled, which suffer from using whole apples and are thus mealy, these have a luscious pie-like filling, and , moreover are swathed in “the killer syrup.” Under the cover of darkness she slipped into my kitchen that long ago night, got a straw, and sucked up some of this sauce without any of the rest of the family knowing her misdeeds. “What if you made the dumplings using Blue Moon in the syrup,” she asked. The results led to the two of us straws in hand, reconvening in the kitchen in the moon light – the syrup was great, but now it has subtle orange notes and is just intoxicating.

Instructions

  1. 1Preheat oven to 425 degrees and pan coat a 9×13 inch pan
  2. 2Prepare Blue Moon Beer Sauce by combining the sugar, Blue Moon beer, butter and cinnamon in a large saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil and stir constantly for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. 3Prepare Pastry Dough. In a large bowl measure out flour and salt, mix thoroughly. Using a pastry cutter (or a food processor) cut the shortening into the flour and salt until it resembles very coarse corn meal – using a fork blend in the milk to form a ball – chill 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. 4Prepare Pie Filling. Blend sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and pour over apples. Gently stir to completely coat the apples.
  5. 5Roll out pastry dough to a 1/8 " thickness, cut into 7" squares. Place a 1/2 cup of the apple mixture in the center of each 7 inch dough square, dot with a small pat of butter and then fold the corners of the dough square to the middle to form a dumpling. Repeat with rest of pastry dough, forming 8 dumplings. Place dumplings – four rows of two in the prepared pan. Pour hot syrup over the dumpling in the pan. Bake 20 minutes – remove from oven, and using a basting tube, baste sauce over the dumplings, covering each dumpling completely. Return to oven and bake another 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. 6Allow dumplings to rest an hour, serve warm with ice cream, heavy cream or whipped cream. These dumplings are great the next day, warm slightly and enjoy!
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