September 17th is a special day for fans of the sweet pastry and apple delight, the Apple Dumpling. With the onset of fall in the lakes area, this food holiday comes along in conjunction with the apple harvest. Apples are peeled and cored and typically placed on a pastry. Cinnamon and sugar are sprinkled over the top and the dough is folded around the apple creating a dumpling. Baked this little slice of heaven until tender. The flavor and texture is similar to an apple pie.
It’s believed that apple dumplings are native to the northeastern United States, especially around Pennsylvania. Often found among the delicious Amish recipes, it is frequently eaten as a breakfast item. However, they are also regularly eaten as a dessert and sometimes served with ice cream. If you want to really do it the right way the ice cream should be cinnamon ice cream or vanilla ice cream with a cinnamon drizzle.
As with any food holiday I frequent look for restaurants in the lakes area with that days special dish. Yesterday, (Monday) was National Guacamole Day so we went out in search of the best Gauc. Today, however, is a little harder to find. The place that introduced me to this delicacy no longer has them. I could attempt to make some, but that is a very fussy process for me. If you would like to try it here is a recipe that I found that looks delicious!
I guess that we’ll just have to settle for watching the 1975 Walt Disney movie, The Apple Dumpling Gang. A classic Tim Conway and Don Knotts movie will make it better.