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by Marcelle Richards on Isthmus.com
- 4 small baking apples (about 1 pound), peeled and cored
- 1/2 cup smoked cheddar (I used Carr Valley Apple Smoked Cheddar), finely grated
- 1/4 cup mascarpone
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 pound puff pastry sheets
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together mascarpone, maple syrup and pinch of salt, to taste. Combine with 1/4 cup cheddar. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- In separate bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon and cayenne. Roll surface of apples in mixture.
- Cut pastry dough into four pieces large enough to wrap around apples. Place an apple on each piece.
- For easy filling, create a makeshift piping bag with three layers of plastic wrap; place cheese mixture on plastic wrap sheets and twist shut to encase. On the opposite end of the twisted end, pierce a hole large enough for cheese to pass through.
- Squeeze cheese mixture into cores and top with remaining grated cheese. Fold dough over apples, keeping as much air out as possible. Cut away excess dough and seal seams with water. (Extra pieces can be used to create decorative leaves and stems.)
- In a small bowl, whisk egg with a splash of water to make egg wash, and brush on surface of dumplings.
- Bake for about 35 minutes until golden brown and cheese is melted on inside. Serve warm.
- Yields 4 dumplings