An apple a day
We don’t know that eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away, as the old adage goes, but apples are delicious and have many health benefits. Illinois is home to numerous apple orchards, from north to south and all points in between, and fall is the perfect time to visit one of them. At some orchards, you can even pick your own. When you do, be sure to grab some extras to try some of these delicious recipes. The warm aromas of apples and cinnamon will fill your home with the fragrances of fall.
Quick Apple Dumplings
- 2 medium apples of your choice
- 1 8-count refrigerated crescent roll dough
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup Pecans finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Peel and core apples and cut into fourths.
- Unroll and separate crescent dough. Wrap each apple quarter in a crescent roll at a diagonal and pinch seam to seal.
- Place seam down in lightly greased 8- or 9-inch baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- In medium saucepan, combine butter, sugar and orange juice. Bring to a complete boil, remove from heat and add vanilla.
- Pour over dumplings, sprinkle nuts on top. Bake for 30 minutes or until crust is golden and beginning to bubble and apples are tender when pierced with a fork.
- To serve, place dumpling into bowl and spoon syrup over top. Delicious served warm with scoop of ice cream on top.