Apple dumpling puddle pudding

Apple dumpling puddle pudding

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 6

Try these wonderfully light, fluffy dumplings baked in a pool of salted caramel apples – what’s not to love? The ultimate comfort dessert for colder weather

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal763
  • fat26g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs127g
  • sugars101g
  • fibre3g
  • protein5g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 75g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 250g light brown soft sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup

  • 6 dessert apples (about 750g), peeled, cored and sliced
  • double or clotted cream, to serve

For the dumplings

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • pinch ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 100g cold butter, cubed



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 6 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan with 100ml water. Bring to a simmer, add the apples and cook for 10-15 mins until they’re starting to soften – it will be quite saucy. Add a generous pinch of salt, taste and check the balance, adding more if you like. If your pan isn’t ovenproof, pour into a baking dish about 20 x 30cm, or two smaller ones.

  2. Tip the flour into a bowl. Mix with the baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Rub the butter into the mixture with your fingertips until it resembles damp sand. Add the milk, stir with a cutlery knife until it starts to clump together, then use your hands to bring the dough together, picking up any flaky bits. Don’t overwork it or your dumplings will be heavy. Divide into 12 golf ball-sized pieces and roll into dumplings. Arrange over the apples, leaving little gaps here and there. Sprinkle with a little extra sugar (brown or caster) and bake for 25 mins until the dumplings are puffed up and golden. Let rest for a few mins and serve with plenty of cold cream.

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25th Oct, 2018
So deeply disappointing - this was painfully sweet to the point that it became really unpleasant. I couldn't finish a single serving. Looking at the nutritional guidance (which I wish I'd done before starting) it actually says it has 100g of sugar per serving, so it's probably best I didn't finish one!
21st Oct, 2018
This was way too sweet. I mean really sweet and I love sweet things but this was inedible sweet.
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