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Food ‘n Flix: Butter

Well Dined | Food 'n Flix: Butter

I finally got my act together in time to post for Food 'n Flix, ha!  I really need to work on that!  Anyway, this month's movie is Butter - hosted by Cheap Ethnic Eats.  This hilarious movie is about wealth, race, privilege, power, family, small town America, and (of course) butter.  I'd seen it before, and enjoyed it so much that I didn't mind renting it again just to look for food references.  Which, by the way, are few and far between other than the ubiquitous butter.

Well Dined | Country Apple Dumplings

So what was I going to make that would feature butter?  I came up with a few ideas, but I kept circling back to these apple dumplings (even though I'd posted about them before).  They really are perfect for this movie, though - a little bit redneck, totally unhealthy, and drenched in butter.

Well Dined | Country Apple Dumplings

The dumplings are actually really easy to make.  I like them best when they are fresh and the sugar on top is still crunchy, so I tend to make half a recipe one day and the other half the next day - which is why you will only see 4 dumplings in the photos.  Start by peeling and coring an apple, then cutting into 8 slices.

Well Dined | Country Apple Dumplings

Wrap each slice with a store-bought crescent roll (there should be 8 in the tube) and place into a buttered baking dish.  A pie dish is the perfect size for a half recipe.

Well Dined | Country Apple Dumplings

Combine a stick stick of melted butter with sugar and vanilla and barely stir together.  You don't want the sugar to dissolve, or it won't create a crunchy crust.  Spoon the mixture onto the dumplings.  Here is the crazy (and kinda redneck) part - pour in some Mountain Dew.  I'm not kidding - it combines with the butter to make an insane citrusy caramel sauce.

Well Dined | Country Apple Dumplings

Lastly, sprinkle with some cinnamon, and then into the oven it goes!

Well Dined | Country Apple Dumplings

40 minutes later, and you have melt-in-your-mouth dumplings with a crunchy sugar coating and a ridiculous caramel syrup.

Well Dined | Country Apple Dumplings

Serve with vanilla ice cream and make sure to spoon the Mountain Dew sauce over the top.  Don't plan on eating more than two - they are crazy rich!

Country Apple Dumplings
adapted from Pioneer Woman
Serves 4-8

1 granny smith apple
1 (8oz) can crescent rolls (Pillsbury)
1 stick salted butter (or add 1/4 tsp salt to 1 stick unsalted butter)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup Mt Dew Soda

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Peel and core the apple; cut into 8 slices.  Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll.  Place each roll in a buttered baking dish.

Melt the butter in a small pan, 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.

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  1. OMG love your recipe. I often use crescent roll dough in pinwheels. Mountain Dew? Love your redneck description. Thanks for participating!

  2. These are so much fun, and hey, a little redneck can be a good thing. 😉 I don’t like Mountain Dew, but I’m curious about that sauce…I’d definitely give it a try, because I love me some apple dumplings! Glad you’re back this month. 🙂

  3. Looks really good. I am not a fan of Mountain Dew, but I’ve used Ginger Ale and Cola before in recipes, so I could totally see me making this.

  4. A fun, quirky recipe inspired by a fun, quirky movie. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a great recipe Sarah! I wish I could dive right in! Congrats on completing this Food n’ Flix challenge too!

  6. Those look amazing! I love using crescent rolls for dessert recipes!

  7. A little bit “red neck” … I love it! I make something similar with apple cider. This is a keeper and a great inspiration from the movie!

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