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Apple Cinnamon Puffs

This recipe came from my sister-in-law many years ago, who happened to live in an apple orchard and served up the best apple dishes to all who stopped by.  I have made it on many occasions over the years, at times in large pans to feed a crowd.

  • 6 large tart apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food colouring (optional)

  1. Peel and thinly slice apples.
  2. Place in a 9" x 12" greased baking dish.
  3. Combine water, sugar and colouring and boil to a syrup (about 5 minutes) over medium heat.
  4. Pour over sliced apples.
  5. Top with cinnamon puffs (directions below) and bake at 375° for about 30 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with premium vanilla ice-cream.
Cinnamon Puffs:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut in butter with pastry blender to form crumbs.
  3. Stir in milk to make a soft dough.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls on top of apples.
  5. Combine melted butter, sugar and cinnamon for topping.
  6. Make a dent in the top of each puff and spoon on a little topping.

Notes:  If the apples are rather slow-cooking, I place the pan in the oven for some fifteen or twenty minutes to pre-cook before topping with the cinnamon puffs.


  1. I love apples and this looks good and would make the whole house smell wonderful!

  2. Oh the the 'backdrop' that these wonderful summery fall days allows you to use. Perfect for the autumn season. Yummers! word verification is wedigg...grin....and we do dig it!

  3. Mmmmm... Judy..... how colorful a dessert! and I'm sure as delightful to the palette as to the eye!

  4. Apple and cinnamon? That has got to be good:)
    The smell of apples and cinnamon cooking is hard to beat..

  5. Those look amazing - I might have to try them when my friends come over at the end of October....

  6. Oh gosh, cinnamon and apples, a slice of heaven!

  7. This is one delicious dessert with a flair. Red apple coloring? I had the opportunity to sample this.
    It's a keeper.


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