Puffy Apple Dumplings From The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook

This time of year is great for getting nostalgic, and one of our favorite childhood memories was the enchanting world depicted in the award winning children’s book, Anne of Green Gables.

It’s also the perfect time of year to get baking! Check out the following Anne of Green Gables inspired recipe for Puffy Apple Dumplings — one of the many amazing recipes collected within The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook by Kate Macdonald and L.M. Montgomery.

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Puffy Apple Dumplings

Prep time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes Yield: 6 dumplings

“The ‘Avenue’ . . . was a stretch of road four or five hundred yards long, completely arched over with huge, wide-spreading apple-trees, planted years ago  by an eccentric old farmer. Overhead was one long canopy of snowy, fragrant bloom. . . .  ‘They should call it—let me see— the White Way of Delight.’ ”
—Anne Shirley, CHAPTER II



1½ cups (180 g) all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface and rolling pin
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons (75 g) butter
½ cup (120 ml) 2% milk


6 small apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
6 teaspoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1½ teaspoons butter, plus more for dotting
Ground cinnamon, for sprinkling

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

2. To make the dough: Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium mixing bowl.

3. Mix in the butter with your fingers until it is well distributed. Add the milk to make a soft dough.

4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board or countertop. Flour a rolling pin and roll out the dough, about ¼ inch (6 mm) thick. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces.

5. To make the filling: On each dough piece, place some sliced apples, pressing them tightly together, then add 1 teaspoon sugar and ¼ teaspoon butter.

6. With fingers dipped in water, moisten the edges of the dough and fold it up around the apple filling. Place the dumplings on an ungreased baking sheet.

7. Sprinkle each dumpling with cinnamon and sugar, and dot with more butter.

8. Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown. Use oven mitts to remove the baking sheet from the oven and set on a cooling rack.

9. Serve warm and enjoy with the Light and Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream or Caramel Pudding Sauce (also found in the book!)

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The Anne of Green Gables CookbookFinally experience the foods from this classic children’s series with The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook.

Join Anne Shirley and her friends in Avonlea with the charming recipes in The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook, a recipe collection inspired by L.M. Montgomery’s famous children’s book series, Anne of Green Gables.

Have you ever wanted to sneak a sip of Diana Barry’s Favorite Raspberry Cordial or try a slice of Anne Shirley’s Liniment Cake (without the liniment!)? Now you can, with the delightful teatime snacks, mains, desserts, and more created by Kate Macdonald, L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter.

From Poetical Egg Salad Sandwiches and Marilla’s Plum Pudding with Caramel Pudding Sauce (without the mouse!) to Gilbert’s Hurry-Up Dinner, the recipes included here are mentioned throughout the books in the Anne of Green Gables series, along with recipes from L.M. Montgomery’s own kitchen. With a lovely grosgrain ribbon, full-color photography, whimsical illustrations, and quotes and anecdotes, this cookbook is the ideal gift for all “kindred spirits” and lovers of Avonlea.