Apple & Marzipan Dumplings

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I have many fond childhood memories of Peter’s Tea Room and Baker’s Shop in Weybridge and all the cakes and delicacies are etched in my memory. One such treat I remember seeing in the window and occasionally having at home was their Apple Dumplings. Louise Johncox has recreated her father Peter’s recipes in her book The Baker’s Daughter which I used as the basis for my inspiration but I then went completely off piste and did my own thing. As half my family just don’t like dried fruit I couldn’t go down that route so decided that some homemade marzipan would be a fabulous core for these apple dumplings. For my first attempt I tried using a sheet of ready rolled pastry which didn’t really work as you need a square of pastry and not a rectangle, plus I tried trimming off excess pastry but this just lead to the pastry splaying open and leaving gaps on the finished product, oh and I didn’t let the pastry rest in the fridge! I also left the skin on the apples which resulted in my apples imploding to mush so although it all tasted good it lacked curb appeal. In all it felt like my first driving test, you get all your mistakes over and done with in one go and then you know what not to do the second time, I’m happy to say I passed my driving test 2nd time and also succeeded in making these gorgeous Apple & Marzipan Dumplings 2nd time!.

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If you don’t have any ground almonds to hand don’t buy them just whizz up some almonds or flaked almonds like I did. On my first attempt I used ground almonds but I think the marzipan tasted even better when using freshly ground almonds (I use my herb chopper attachment from my stick blender).

I’m pleased to say everyone loved my Apple and Marzipan Dumplings – even my son who had turned his nose up at my first attempt and doesn’t really like marzipan! Gosh it’s difficult sometimes catering to everyone’s likes and dislikes isn’t it. Luckily I often win the taste battle as kids in particular can have preconceived ideas about what they will and won’t like. I just say “try it and if you don’t like it you don’t have to eat it”. Once they’ve had the first taste an empty bowl usually ensues!

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Do you have a childhood memory of a treat that you’ve yet to bake? Do let me know in the comments.

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Apple and Marzipan Dumplings are just totally delicious and so pretty:-)
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
  • 4 Dessert apples (small) I used Gala
  • 1 Pack of Puff Pastry (500g)
  • For marzipan filling:
  • 30g Ground Almonds (I ground my own)
  • 30g Icing Sugar
  • 1 ½ to 2 tsp Egg white (taken from egg for egg wash)
  • 1 Egg, whisked for egg wash
  • Caster sugar for sprinkling
  1. Mix the ground almonds, icing sugar and egg white together to form the marzipan paste. (Whisking the egg white will make it easier to measure out).
  2. Cut off 425g of pastry from the block and roll out to a 36cm square on a floured surface, trim and cut into 4 x 18cm squares.
  3. Peel and core the first apple and stuff with a ¼ of the marzipan (you can do this from the top and bottom). Doing one at a time will prevent the apples from going brown.
  4. Place the apple in the centre of one of the squares.
  5. Brush a little water on the outer edges of the pastry and draw up one corner to meet the middle, then do the same with the next corner sealing and tucking in the pastry as you go following your way round in one direction until you reach the end.
  6. Repeat above with the next 3 apples.
  7. To decorate, roll out the pastry trimmings and cut straight lines down and diagonally across to make diamond shapes and score with a knife to make them look like leaves. You need 16.
  8. Using the apple corer cut out 4 circles.
  9. Decorate the apple dumplings with the leaves using a little water to seal and finish with a little circle of pastry on top.
  10. Place on a lightly greased baking tray and pop in fridge for 20 minutes.
  11. Pre-heat oven to 190⁰C.
  12. Brush the apple dumplings with egg wash and sprinkle with caster sugar.
  13. Place in the middle of oven for 40 minutes turning halfway through.
  14. Serve hot with cream, ice cream or custard.
  15. Can also be reheated if needed later (about 15 – 20 mins at 150C⁰).

For more apple or marzipan dessert inspiration you might like:

Apple & Blueberry Tarte Tatin from  me
Rhubarrb & Blackberry Cobbler from me
Burnt Apple & Bourbon Ice Cream from Kavey Eats
Ells’s Quick Apple (and Apricot) Pies from Coffee & Vanilla

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You could decorate your Apple Dumpling any way you wish!

I am I’m entering my Apple & Marzipan Dumplings into the following challenges this month:

No Waste Food Challenge run by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary as I used up some almonds that might have gone to waste + with the leftover pasty I made 5 mini quiches which hubby and I had for lunch!
Bookmarked Recipes from Tinned Tomatoes as this recipes was inspired by a book.
Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Fuss Free Flavours and currently hosted by Utterly Scrummy Food for Families as the ingredients are all quite basic and inexpensive.

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  1. Amy Fidler

    What a great looking dessert x

  2. mchi | mchiouji

    These look absolutely delicious and I definitely need to attempt making these soon. When I try them I’ll have to credit this lovely recipe for thanks.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, they are fabulous:-)

  3. Hugh Jones

    A great Autumn/Winter pud!

    1. Camilla

      It really is:-)

  4. Lindsey Stuart

    Beautiful combination, a nice warm pudding for the autumn

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lindsey, they are fab:-)

  5. Corina

    I just love the sound of these and they look beautiful!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Corina, they are lush:-)

  6. Helen at Casa Costello

    Oh wow, 2 of my most favourite flavours! Beautiful decoration too.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, they are truly scrumptious:-)

  7. Lisa Williams

    these look so delicious 🙂 I showed these to my boyfriend and he is very excited about them too 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lisa, they are so yummy:-)

  8. Martina Evans

    These look fab! Would love to give this recipe a try over the weekend, thanks.

    1. Camilla

      They are lush, enjoy:-)

  9. Paul Wilson

    Nice! Got loads of apples at the moment.

    1. Camilla

      I can see an apple tree 2 doors down, I just need longer arms:=)

  10. Sarah L

    These look amazingly delicious!

  11. Maya Russell

    What a fabulous dessert and I love the marzipan filling! Mmmm.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Maya, it is yummy:-)

  12. Jacqueline Roberts

    Like pretty Christmas parcels

    1. Camilla


  13. Nora Saab

    I love marzipan but never made it before. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    1. Camilla

      It’s so good Nora:-)

  14. GeorgeW78

    These caught my eye, they look & sound delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you George, they are so yummy:-)

  15. mulgrove

    OMG these look amazing, I could just eat one right now, x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Hayley they are really good:-)

  16. Elizabeth

    Oh yummy! These look like adorable mini apple pies! Perfect for picnics too, I would think! Thank you for sharing with the no waste food challenge 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth, they are totally yummy:-)

  17. kathderoet

    It doesn’t matter that I have just eaten, I immediately want to make these and serve them with double cream, they look lovely.x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, they were delicious:-)

  18. Joyce

    Wow, look so delicious.

  19. Fuss Free Helen

    I love these Camilla! So simple but effective. I keep puff pastry in the freezer all the time too as it is so useful.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Helen – love puff pastry:-)


    this sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try making it myself.

    1. Camilla

      Great – I’m sure you’ll love them:-)

  21. tiggerific1973

    Oooh I love marzipan and apples, great combo!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  22. Margot⚓Coffee & Vanilla

    That looks amazing Camilla, I like also the design you have created on the top of them very much!

    Oh, and thank you for linking to my apple pies.

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you so much Margot:-)

  23. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    These look ADORABLE! So simple yet so effective. They caught my eye on instagram and I think I might need to recreate them. Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you Emma – they really are simple and delicious:-)

  24. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    These look great – second time was definitely the charm! Beautiful!!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Katie – it definitely was second time lucky:-)

  25. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    I am not a huge fan of commercially-produced marzipan, but strangely I do like things made with ground almonds – and this looks fantastic! Love the final 2 pics 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jeanne – I’m sure you’d like them then as my son is exactly the same:-)

  26. Helen

    This look just gorgeous. Delicious and so pretty, too. Fab!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Helen, these will definitely be made again and again:-)

  27. sarah

    Beautiful work, Camilla. I’m not a fan of marzipan myself but the family would go mad for these. I’d probably change it up for myself and make the rest with marzipan. They probably wouldn’t look as good as yours, though!! Hehe!

    Sarah X

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, just think of it as ground almonds and icing sugar as my son doesn’t like marzipan either and he wolfed this down:-) Or just go for the classic struesel filling:-)

  28. Ursula Hunt

    These look lovely and a great desert

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ursula:-)

  29. Jan @GlugofOil

    Love the presentation and love the apples but I don’t like marzipan – so reading your suggestion of adding fruit instead – I’m in!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you! Jan I think you might be surprised – it’s just ground almonds and icing sugar bound with a little egg white so nothing like shop bought marzipan or the stuff you find on a Battenburg:-)

  30. Elena

    The marzipan filling sounds delicious! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elena – works really well:)

  31. Kavey

    They look lovely, I particularly like the pretty pastry decorations on top!

    1. Camilla

      Pastry leaves were one of the things I picked up when I briefly worked catering many moons ago:-) I do a mean pastry rose too!

  32. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    Oh I love these – so gorgeous – we used to have baked apples – I didn’t like the skins but I loved the fruity filling – but I suspect that marzipan might go down well with my daughter who can be fussy about dried fruit and it is nice that you could add a few dried fruit to some and leave the others without.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Johanna – yes you can really suit individual tastes here. My mum always baked apples with the fruit filling but I was never that keen!

  33. Chris

    Oh, what a treat. I’m in. I had apples stuffed with marzipan before, but with the puff pastry around it … even better.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Chris – hope you get a chance to try them, they’re so good:-)

  34. Heather Haigh

    Oh, those look absolutely delicious, fabulous combination of flavours.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Heather – they were lush:-)

  35. William Gould

    WOW! This could be my ideal dessert! Unfortunately, my wife hates marzipan with a passion…..

    1. Camilla

      William there’s no reason why she can’t have her apple stuffed with dried fruit, brown sugar and butter and you have yours with marzipan:-)

      1. William Gould

        Good thinking! I’ll work on it….

        1. Camilla

          This is the woman who put blackberries in one side of the apple crumble recently because hubby and daughter not keen but son and I are!

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