Flame grapes ripen earlier than other red grapes and they produce the sweetest raisins. Combine them with a tart apple and minimal sugar in a buttery pastry crust and the result is delicious dumplings with a great contrast of taste and texture. Serve with vanilla ice cream for a classic American dessert.

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 30 min

Total time: 45 min

Apple-Raisin Dumplings
Copyright Recipe © 2014 Woodland Foods


Makes 4

  • 2 Medium Apples

  • 2 Tablespoons Flame Raisins

  • 3 Tablespoons Butter, cut into small pieces

  • 1 Tablespoon Light Brown Sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar

  • 1/8 Teaspoon Cinnamon

  • 1 Pinch Ground Nutmeg

  • 1 Pinch Salt

  • 1 Prepared Frozen Pastry Sheet, thawed


  1. Heat an oven to 475° F.

  2. Peel and core the apples. Cut the apple in half so that the cored hole is vertical.

  3. Lightly flour a work surface and roll the pastry out gently to about 30% larger size, cut it in half. Lay the apples cut side down on the pastry. Mix the brown sugar and spices.

  4. Fill the holes with raisins, butter pieces and brown sugar. Pack this mixture in tightly and sprinkle the remaining spiced brown sugar over the apples.

  5. Melt the remaining butter and lightly brush all the edges outside the apples. Lay the other piece of pastry over the apples and press down to seal the dough. Use a knife or pastry cutting die to separate the dumplings. Crimp the edges and score the top of the dumpling to let out steam. Brush the dumplings with melted butter and sprinkle the white sugar over them.

  6. Bake the dumplings on a sheet pan for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and crisp.