Caramel Dumplings





Introduction: Caramel Dumplings

This is a dessert that my grandmother taught me. Now, I will be the first to admit that this dessert is not pretty, but what it lacks in beauty it certainly makes up for in taste. It's perfect for those cold winter nights, huddled up with your friends around the fire.

Step 1: Ingredients

You will need:

For the dough:
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder
1 oz butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 pinch of salt

For the syrup:
1 1/2 cups of water
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
1 oz butter

A heavy bottomed pot
A bowl and stirring spoons
A bent & rusty old sifter
Measures: cup (250ml), teaspoon (5ml), tablespoon (15ml)

Note: 1 ounce (oz) of butter ~ 30 grams or 2 tablespoons

Step 2: Prepare Dough

Sift flour, baking power and salt together into a bowl. If you don't have a rusty old munted sifter like mine, you could use a clean, hygienic one instead.

Step 3: Rub in Butter

Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Step 4: Mix in Sugar & Milk

Add sugar, milk and vanilla essence, mixing together with a spoon until you have a moist, sticky dough.

Step 5: Prepare Syrup

Combine water, brown sugar and butter in a heavy bottomed pot. If you're a fan of caramel syrup, then here is where you can be generous with the quantities. Heat gently and stir until it begins to boil.

Step 6: Spoon in Dough

Drop spoonfuls of dough into the syrup. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 7: Spoon Syrup Over Dumplings

After the first 10 minutes check on the dumplings and adjust temperature if necessary. Spoon syrup over the dumplings and leave to simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

Step 8: Serve With Whipped Cream

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. My grandmother is 99 and still going strong. Is this merely a dessert or a sweet elixir of life?



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    Would it be possible to form the dough around pieces of apple?
    Just an idea to make it a tad more healthier :3

    Rhi, Now that sounds like a great idea. I'll use your apple idea next time I make them. Thanks for your comment!

    idea to "improve" the looks is to use one of those pipets that they use in chocolate and cake decorating and just cut a larger hole into the pipet put the dough in and squeeze into the pot of caramel to give it a "pro" look to it when serving to guests :)

    i have yet to test this, just a little thought for the brain and to give people some ideas

    Good idea bowow... good to have thoughts... my wee brain is certainly in need of them... :)

    Oh yeah could you try a remake of this using vanilla beans? i have about 5 beans laying around and i want to try this using them

    for the dumplings can you use just bisquik? thats how we make them with sourkraut.

    I'm sure bisquik would work (though would be a little more savory)... if you add 1:3 sugar to bisquik (plus a touch of vanilla) it might taste similar... if you try it out please post how they went... :)

    I finally got around to trying this, and I have to say it's a great idea. It was waaaaaay too sweet for me, but my partner loved it.

    Problems: My dumplings fell apart a bit, but cooked fine. I think maybe I should have resisted the urge to stir them at all, or maybe the syrup wasn't hot enough.

    Substitutes: I replaced the butter with the same amount of veg oil, and replaced the milk with soy milk. Worked just fine. I didn't have any vanilla, so I used rum extract and cinnamon. It was pretty good! I didn't have any brown sugar either, so used a bit less reg sugar and a spoonful of molasses.

    I look forward to experimenting with this one! Anyone try a fruit syrup? Something less sweet? whole flours?

    Well done on the substitutions, prickly vegan!! I know what you mean about resisting turning them... I find I just ladle the syrup over the dumplings without disturbing them. Cinnamon would be fantastic... for me cinnamon improves any dessert... I find the brown sugar doesn't seem as sweet (or at least it seems less dense) than normal sugar... I'd love to see anyone's posts re: a fruit syrup etc... thanks for your feed back!!

    just made these they were the best afternoon tea i have ever had
    thanks for the great recipe