WHEN Mom made pies to feed the crew during wheat harvest, she always had plenty of dough left over, so she treated us kids to apple dumplings.
I've carried on this tradition in my own family. Now my husband and I enjoy this special dessert even when I'm not baking pies.
These warm and comforting apple dumplings are incredible by themselves or served with ice cream. You can decorate each dumpling by cutting 1-inch leaves and a 1/2-inch stem from the leftover dough. —Robin Lendon, Cincinnati, Ohio
"I received this recipe from a friend of mine, then tweaked it to suit my family's tastes," says Chris Shields of Monrovia, Indiana. Mountain Dew is the "secret" ingredient in this rich apple dessert that's a snap to make.
Meet the Cook: The credit for this goes to one of our three grown daughters (we also have a grown son and three grandchildren). My husband loves apple dumplings, but they take so long. So Kathy created a quick-to-fix variation with a nice bonus: no bites of dry crust without filling since it's all mixed throughout!
-Janet Weaver, Wooster, Ohio