5-Spice Apple Caramel Cinnamon Sugar Dumplings ('Churro' Apple Caramel Dumplings)
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Yield: 15 to 20 fried dumplings
  • 3 cups cubed tart apples
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder (optional..you can use just combo of cinnamon and/or nutmeg/allspice etc)
  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 15-20 Homemade dumpling wrappers, linked above, or purchased gyoza or dumpling wrappers
  • Neutral oil such as vegetable or canola
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Powdered Sugar to top and look pretty (optional)
  1. Squeeze the fresh lemon juice over the cubed apples. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl and add apples. Toss to mix. Add vanilla and cream. Melt butter in heavy skillet. Add apple mixture and cook approximately 8 minutes, to soften and caramelize apples.
  2. Fill each dumpling circle with about a tablespoon or a little less, making sure not to get the filling where you'll be sealing the wrapper. Seal dumplings with a little water or beaten egg. Stir together cinnamon and granulated sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Heat a pot filled with about 3-inches of neutral oil such as canola or vegetable oil to 375 F. Drop in dumplings, making sure not to crowd the pot, a few at a time, and fry until golden brown. Immediately remove with a strainer..shake off the oil and roll in cinnamon sugar. Top with powdered sugar, if desired, and serve with ice cream and caramel sauce.
Recipe by parsley sage sweet at https://www.parsleysagesweet.com/2009/06/14/how-about-a-dumpling-dumplin/