When I first saw this recipe, I was thinking - that is a lot of butter, and what's with the Mt Dew? But seriously, this is the most dangerously addictive, unhealthy dessert. It is rich and complex and fantastic. The Mt Dew cooks down into a tangy caramel sauce that is absolutely scrumptious. The recipe makes 16 dumplings, but unless you are feeding an army, you do not want to make that many. They lose their crunchy topping when reheated, and that is one of the best parts. So you only want to make enough to eat immediately - for us, that is 2 dumplings each (or 1/4 of the recipe).
*EDIT* Here are some pictures of the finished product!
All baked and bubbling.
Melting together with some vanilla ice cream. *END EDIT*
adapted from Pioneer Woman
Time: 1 hr Serves: 8
2 granny smith apples
2 cans (8oz) crescent rolls (Pillsbury)
2 sticks salted butter (or add 1/2 tsp salt to 2 sticks unsalted butter)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 can (12oz) Mt Dew Soda
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Peel and core the apples, cut into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place each roll in a buttered 9 x 13 pan. Melt the butter, then add the sugar and barely stir (you want the mixture to by lumpy, that's what makes the tops crunchy). Add the vanilla, barely stir, and pour entire mixture over apples. Pour the Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan, and sprinkle the tops with cinnamon. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sauce from the pan over the top.