Mary Anne's Baked Apple Dumplings

      The days are starting to turn cooler and many cooks start thinking of adding apples to their cooking line-up. This baked apple dessert is so yummy that you might be tempted to serve it not just during the fall, but throughout the year!

      2 (8 ounce) tubes refrigerated crescent rolls

      2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored

      1 cup sugar

      1/3 cup butter, melted

      1 cup Mountain Dew

      Ground cinnamon

      Freshly grated nutmeg

      1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans, optional, more if needed

      Vanilla ice cream

      • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll crescent rolls and separate dough into 16 triangles. Cut
        each apple into eight wedges and place one apple wedge on each triangle. If using, sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of toasted pecans over each wedge. Wrap the crescent dough triangle around the apple wedge and, if using, the nuts. Place in a greased 13x9x2-inch baking dish.
      • In a bowl, combine sugar and butter; sprinkle over rolls. Slowly pour the soda around the rolls (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F. for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream.

      Makes 16 dumplings.

      Note: If making ahead, follow the recipe exactly except for pouring the Mountain Dew around
      the dumplings. Place Saran Wrap tightly over pan and refrigerate. When ready to bake, reheat
      oven to 350 degrees F., remove from refrigerator and pour Mountain Dew around each roll.