Friday, September 17, 2010

How do you like 'dem apples?

I never thought I would say this but...I actually found a relatively healthy dessert recipe on Paula Deen's website! Crazy, right? I mean, the chef known for her rich macaroni & cheese, deep-fried Twinkies, creamed corn and Krispy Kreme bread pudding with butter rum sauce actually posted a lower-calorie dessert recipe online. And I say that with lots of love because I have eaten at Ms. Deen's The Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah and enjoyed the experience immensely. That Southern Buffet is a delight - the fried chicken literally melts in the mouth! Anyhoo, back to the focus of my post...I just came across this Splenda-sweetened Apple Dumpling recipe on her site. Dee-licious! And did I mention that today just happened to be National Apple Dumpling Day?!

Ingredients:
2 cans crescent rolls
2 granny smith apples
1 stick butter
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/3 cup splenda
1 (12 oz) diet Mountain Dew

Directions:
* Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
* Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into 8 wedges. Roll each wedge in a crescent roll. Place rolls in a 9 x 13 baking dish. In small saucepan melt butter. Once melted add splenda (or sugar) and cinnamon. Mix well. Spoon over crescent rolls. Pour diet Mountain Dew over rolls. Bake for 45 minutes.
* Notes from the Paula Deen Test Kitchen: Splenda is more difficult to mix in butter than sugar. Mixes better if butter is melted. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, Splenda and cinnamon. Remove the dumplings to a wire rack after cooking as the liquid still in the baking dish will make the dumplings soggy. The Apple Dumplings taste like mini apple pies.

More Splenda recipes here.

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