5 from 2 votes

Apple Dumplings with Apple Cider Creme Anglaise

Apple dumpling is a rustic cousin to apple pie. Much easier to create a finished dish when you aren't worried about perfect edges.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider Creme Anglaise, apple dumpling, apple dumpling recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 352 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 1/2 recipe pie crust dough
  • 8-10 cups peeled and sliced apples I like using a tart apple that holds up to baking
  • 1/2 cup sugar I used turbinado
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg fresh grated preferred
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1/4 cup butter - divided
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider I used fresh pressed
  • 1 cup water

Apple cider Creme Anglaise:

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar I used turbinado
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup apple cider reduced to 1/4 cup I used fresh pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


To make the Creme Anglaise:

  1. Pour 1 cup apple cider into a small saucepan and simmer until juice is reduced to 1/4 cup.  Set aside while making custard.  Whisk egg yolks and sugar int medium bowl to blend.  Bring milk to a simmer in medium sauce pan.  Gradually whisk hot milk into yolk mixture.  Return mixture to saucepan.  Stir over low heat until custard thickens and leaves an path on the back of a spoon when finger is draw across.  Do not boil.  Strain into bowl.  whisk in reduced apple cider and vanilla.  Chill until cold, about 3 hours (Can be made 1 day in advance).  Cover and keep chilled.

To make the dumpling:

  1. In a large bowl toss apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and zest.  Set aside.  roll out pie crust to an 18-inch circle.  Mound 8-9 cups apple mixture in the center of the crust, dot with 2 tablespoons butter and gently bring dough about the apples by pleating.  In a small saucepan bring apple cider, water and remaining 2 tablespoons of the butter to a simmer.  Gently pour hot mixture around the dumpling.  Arrange remaining apples in the cider.  Bake in a preheated oven for 60-65 minutes.  Dough may be divided and made into two smaller dumplings.  Place two dumplings in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Dumplings with Apple Cider Creme Anglaise
Amount Per Serving
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 158mg53%
Sodium 126mg5%
Potassium 292mg8%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 505IU10%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.