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The humble apple dumpling is a southern favorite with a vast array of recipes, techniques, and crust preferences. Whether you dice, core, or halve your apples or prefer pie crust to puff pastry, apple dumplings are always a favorite among guests and can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. Regardless of preference, nothing tastes better than a warm apple dumpling fresh out of the air fryer.
“Why air fry an apple dumpling?” you may ask.
The answer is simple: a to-die-for crispy crust.
In fact, the air fryer provides the perfect finish, cooking all sides of the crust, as well as the apple filling, evenly, which is difficult to achieve in a conventional oven. You can also shave about ten minutes off the time by using an air fryer. Served with two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream at a summer cookout or drizzled with a decadent caramel sauce at a dinner party, these delicious apple dumplings make the perfect dessert sure to please any crowd.
Try one of these other air fryer desserts:
Try this delicious creation.
- 2 sheets puff pastry found in the frozen section of the grocery store
- 2 apples peeled, cored, and diced
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- cinnamon to taste (optional)
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
Lay puff pastry flat on a clean surface
Put half of the diced apples in the center of the pastry in a circle
Place half of the brown sugar into the center with the apples then sprinkle apples with cinnamon (optional)
Fold the pastry over and roll up the sides into a circular shape around the apples
Brush melted butter onto the pastry
Repeat above steps for second dumpling
Cook in the air fryer at 365°F | 185°C for 12 minutes (in this demonstration we used a Chefman RJ38-P1)
Flip dumpling over and continue cooking for 12-13 more minutes at 365°F | 185°C
Remove from air fryer, plate and enjoy!
* To save time, you can use canned apple pie filling.
** Make sure to seal the pastry thoroughly to avoid leaks during the cooking process.
Enjoy this quick video on making apple dumplings in an air fryer
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