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Cooking American food: Mountain Dew gives extra bite and crunch to the classic apple pie
Published 7/3/2013 6:00:00 AM
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You're bringing a six-pack to a Fourth of July barbecue when you find out a friend brought diet Mountain Dew.

"Aw man, what were you thinking? Diet?" a friend teases.

No one wants to drink it. Luckily you came prepared with a way around this fiasco.

Know how to address the issue of diet Mountain Dew ahead of time with this apple dumpling recipe.

This recipe is very easy to follow. The end result is surprisingly crispy and full of flavor and it's a quick way to embody the very traditional, very American, apple pie with an added twist.

What you’ll need:

2 cans cresent roll dough (like Pilsbury)

2 granny smith apples

1 stick butter

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup Splenda (or sugar)

1 (12 oz.) diet Mountain Dew

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

First prep the apples. If you have a peeler your job just got much easier but if not don't fret. A sharp kitchen knife works just as well too.

Always point the apple downwards and peel away from your body. I also recommend doing this into a garbage can so that cleanup will be a little easier.

You will then want to cut the apple into quarters and cut out the core. This can be done by holding the apple slice and running the knife along the core, taking off the half inch of tougher flesh. This would best be done on a cutting board.

Then cut each quarter in half. You should have 16 apple slices.

This recipe calls for pre-made crescent roll dough. This means less mess for you and more time with your friends at the barbecue. Plus, it's always fun to pop the can of dough open. These have perforated edges that you will tear individual crescents off of, making your dumplings equal in size.

Place a slice of apple on the base of the triangular piece of dough and roll towards the tip; that should be on the outside for that classic crescent shape.

Your rolls will go directly into a glass-baking dish. I used a 9x13 dish.

After these are done, in a small saucepan on low heat, melt the butter and stir in sugar and cinnamon until it makes a thick paste.

The cinnamon-sugar concoction needs to be mixed well before it goes over the rolls. I used a measuring cup to evenly drizzle the sauce over the dumplings.

The diet Mountain Dew will go on last. I used a measuring cup again to pour the Mountain Dew on top of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. I was worried this would wash the paste off, but it actually mixes with the sugar to create a thick cooking sauce while in the oven.

These will bake for 45 minutes and then will need to be scooped out of the dish and put onto a wire rack to cool. This way the crust will be very crispy. The remaining sauce in the dish makes a delicious topping for the dumpling.

Just like that, you used a product that would have been left sitting in the summer heat and you created a fast and portable summer dessert that will go great with that steak grilling on the barbecue.

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