Monday, November 19, 2012

Apple Almond ' Mummy ' Dumplings

These apple almond ' mummies ' are good for halloween parties or even for cell group meeting  :)  The moment I feasted my eyes on them , I knew the desire to make them is great...thus forsaking the rest of the recipes that I have kept in my to do list :p   Having green apples in the fridge makes it even more desirable to try this recipe out.....they look cute...not spooky at all for me....heehee...cute little  'mummies '.  

This is an artistic apple dessert and making them as finger food for halloween parties would be great too.  Love the almond short crust pastry, and the tangy cinnamon flavored apples makes a perfect dessert for apple and pastry lovers.  This is so cool and a keeper for sure.   This is so creative , don't you think so ? LOL!  read on for the recipe and I would like to thank........................

Evilshenanigans for the sharing this recipe on her blog. My apple ' mummies' are short and cute but the taste is fantastically delicious !   It has the flavor of the apple pie but the texture of the apple here is not soggy soft. It is perfectly cooked with the apple slices still holding its shapes , soft  and flavorful.  Love it and I can chomp down 3  ' mummies'  in a row :)  The pastry is crunchy crisp and the ground almonds made it more fragrant than the normal short crust pastry that we used for apple pies. Love everything about this Apple Almond 'Mummy Dumplings !  A keeper for sure :)

it looks complicated but once you know how to go 
about bandaging the mummies with the strips of pastry....
you will be able to bandage all the mummies in 15 mins  :p  

I enjoyed making each and everyone of them...hahaha I have become a
pro now.....I can even bandage a real one LOL!

 my apple ' mummies '  looks cute...right ?

the next time I make these , I have to get the larger apples for a longer mummy :p

look at how crunchy and yet fluffy  the pastry is addictive...believe me !

and look at the apple...see how juicy and tender
a perfect texture for this apple mummy dumpling :)
I love these cuties :)

Apple Almond 'Mummy' Dumplings - adapted from Evilshenanigans


for the pastry " bandages "

2 cups unbleached, un-enriched all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely ground almonds. or your preferred nut
2 tbsps evaporated cane sugar
1/2 tsps sea salt
12 tbsps unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
6-8 tbsps ice water

For the apple " bodies "

3 organic Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 8 wedges
1/4 cup evaporated cane sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
8 organic ,cane-juice sweetened dry cranberries


Begin by making the pastry.

In a large bowl combine the flour, ground almonds, sugar and salt. Whisk to combine. Add the cubed butter and, with your fingers, rub the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture looks like coarse sand studded with pea sized pieces of butter.

Add the water, starting with 5 tbsps and adding additional water a tablespoon at a time, and mix with your fingers until the dough is shaggy but forms a moist clump when pressed together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press into a rough rectangle. Don't worry if the dough feels too shaggy at this point, it will smooth out as you knead.  Fold the dough in half and press it out with your palm to form a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Repeat this process 4 more times, then wrap the dough in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Once chilled roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. Using a pizza cutter slice the dough into long strips. Thinner is better, but they should not all be the same size.  The more rustic the better, just make sure they are no thicker than 1/4 inch thick. Place the strips on a baking sheet, cover with plastic and chill for 10 minutes.

Heat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Once chilled it is time to wrap the 'mummies '.  With a clean towel pat the apple slices dry.  In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon and mix until thoroughly combined.  Toss the apple slices in the cinnamon sugar mixture then wrap the apple slices in 2-3 strips of the dough each to give them a mummy look.

Place the wrapped mummies skin side down on the parchment lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart.  Sprinkle the tops with additional cinnamon sugar.  Cut each cranberry into 4 pieces.  Place two bits of cranberry between the strips of dough at the top of the apple to make eyes.

Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the dough is lightly golden brown and the apple is tender.  You can test for tenderness by piercing the apple, where it is exposed from the wrappings, with a paring knife.  When the knife slides in and out with ease they are done.  Cool for 3 minutes on the pan before transferring to a serving dish. Enjoy warm or at room temperature .

Enjoy and have fun making these ' mummies '  dumplings !

I am submitting this for YBR November

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  1. Oh man, this looks so so delicious !!! I want some mummy dumplings mummy !! *sulks

    1. Haha dear....soon soon , I will bake some and bring it up for you when I come on 6th...can't wait to see ya :p

  2. Elin, I wouldn't have guessed they were mummies until you said so :) Yeah, they are cute and I would imagine totally delish too!

    1. Phong Hong...hahaha yea coz our apples are smaller in size compared with the US ones thus my mummies looked dwarf LOL! and plus I am amateur leh hehehe

  3. You're right! These aren't scary at all! Soooo cute!!!

    1. Ping...hahaha to me they are cute and the apple tasted good...texture and all...better than the apple pie that I used to make ! :)

  4. hehehe...these are cute little halloween treats!

  5. Heh Heh! So cute!
    MmmmMMM Apple & cinnamon! Drooooooool! :p

    1. can make some for Minh for Halloween night :)

  6. These are so cute and would be a great treat for kids year round. Thanks for being a part of the YBR, have a great week! :)

    1. Nancie...thanks for allowing me a part of YBR :)