Seasonal Recipe: Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

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Dumplings are such warm and rustic treats that they can instantly give you a pleasant feeling of coziness and with National Apple Dumpling Day coming up on Sept. 17, now is the perfect time to make this delicious treat for your family. By taking advantage of the fresh fruits and crunchy nuts in our Hickory Farm’s gourmet fruit baskets, you can make this delicious Cinnamon Apple Dumpling recipe even more special.

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Assemble your dumplings

Start by unrolling your refrigerated crescent dough and separating each piece. Afterwards, take the apple of your choice, this might be Fuji or Granny Smith, and then peel, cut and remove the seeds and core. From here, simply wrap the crescent dough around your apple half before placing it in a greased baking dish.

To add a little spice to your dumplings, top them off with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. Bake until the dough is a beautiful golden brown and until the apples are nice and soft.

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Make a delicious orange sauce

To elevate your dumplings to the next level, the secret truly lies in the sauce. Start by combining orange juice with some sugar in a small sauce pan. Make sure you keep an eye on the juice as you bring it to a low boil, stirring occasionally. Once the juice reduced, throw in a bit of butter to make a flavorful glaze. While the mixture is still hot, pour the orange sauce over your baked dumplings.

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For the final touch, top your dumplings off with some toasted nuts from our Hickory Farms fruits and nuts collection. We recommend using our almonds or cashews.

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With just the right balance of sweetness and zest, this scrumptious recipe combined with the high-quality fruits and nuts from Hickory Farms is sure to be a new family favorite. There’s really no better way to welcome the new season than with some old fashioned apple dumplings.

Our Favorite Oktoberfest-Inspired Recipes

Oktoberfest and its festivities date back to the day when Bavarian Crown Prince Louis married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The events that followed were repeated again the next year and soon became a favorite annual celebration starting at the end of September and ending on the first Sunday in October.

Now that September is coming to an end, you can bring this fantastic tradition into your home with a few Oktoberfest-inspired recipes featuring our gourmet Hickory Farms ingredients.

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Oktoberfest Bread

Cheddar, sausage and bread are important components of any Oktoberfest celebration. Rather than just making a traditional sandwich, try combining all of these ingredients into one amazing loaf of bread. Start by sautéing chunks of our Beef Summer Sausage in a skillet until they reach a nice golden brown. Then, in a large bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder before mixing in an egg and a bit of honey. Finally, finish by folding the beer, sausage and plenty of our Farmhouse Cheddar into the loaf before baking.

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Beer Cheese Soup

Featuring a creamy texture with light and fruity flavors, a good beer cheese soup is an excellent dish to serve with bread. Start by browning bacon, and then use the fat to cook some onions, carrots, celery and chopped Fuji apples from our gourmet fruit baskets. Cook until the onion is translucent. Next, add in garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne, dried mustard and paprika. Then, reduce the heat before tossing in plenty of our Farmhouse Cheddar along with some beer, milk and chicken stock. Lastly, cook until the soup thickens.

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Fried Pie

Apple desserts are an Oktoberfest classic. For a perfect end to your meal, whip up a fried apple pie. Start by heating butter, cinnamon, sugar, salt and a bit of whiskey along with our sliced Fuji apples. Cook until the apples are tender. Then, wrap the apples in your favorite pie dough before sealing with egg wash and frying until golden brown.

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You can easily whip up these three yummy recipes with a gourmet Hickory Farms basket on hand. Once you’re done cooking, you’ll be able to invite the whole gang over to celebrate the historic Bavarian tradition of Oktoberfest.

Scrumptious Platters for School Functions

When school bells ring again this fall, it’s a good bet there will be plenty of after school and evening functions for parents to attend. Whether it’s a back-to-school potluck, a dinner for the annual PTA meeting or tailgating before high school football games, students and parents will need to keep their energy up with some healthful treats.

There’s a skill and an art to preparing an appetizing spread quickly and efficiently. Hickory Farms knows that today’s parents are busier than ever, so we’ve found a few simple recipes for delicious offerings parents can bring along with them to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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Fruit Kabobs

All the nutrition with none of the mess, fruit kabobs are easy to make and very portable. They’re quite versatile, making them the perfect snack, appetizer or healthy dessert for when you’re on the go. Simply cut some fresh fruit into cubes, place on a skewer and serve on a large platter.

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Mini Ham, Cheddar & Apple Paninis

These paninis are so scrumptious kids will be coming back for seconds, so make sure to pack a big batch of this tasty course. Smoked ham, cheddar cheese and thinly sliced apples are all you need besides the bread to complete this easy dish.

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Monkey Platter

Make a platter with a little bit of everything to satisfy a hunger for both sweet and savory treats. Slice up some of our Beef and Turkey Summer Sausage, cut up some veggies, fruit and cheese and add some nuts and Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers to round out the plate. A handful of Trail Mix is a nice addition too.

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The quality and convenience of Hickory Farms gourmet products is what has allowed us to build our loyal customer base since we first opened our doors 63 years ago. Stop by at one of our locations near you or order online or by phone for speedy delivery.