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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    50 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

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

    1 reply

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


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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

    2 replies

    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

    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?

    1 reply

    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!!

    O Dude

    8 years ago on Introduction

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

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    I made this for dessert Friday night and had it with vanilla ice cream; it was delicious, thank you! (Incidentally you don't mention when to add the vanilla essence, but it seemed obvious to go in with the milk).

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks volve... so glad you enjoyed them (and thanks for pointing out the vanilla essence - now corrected)


    These were great! I had to make a half-batch because I'm only one person...I had to add more flour than the recipe called for to get a good consistency on the dumplings (but maybe I halved an ingredient or two improperly...). Very good! *applauds*

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    Thanks for the vote of confidence Dr. Squirrel... if your parents let you in the kitchen, you could surprise them with your cooking skills! Let me know if you try it out and like it.

    They would never let me in the kitchen, due to a burnt pie incident, but it surly tastes good! my mom made it and it was SWEEEET!!!!!!!! Thanks!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    In Australia we do the same but with golden syrup instead of part of the brown sugar. I don't think we put sugar in the dumplings themselves, but might be misremembering. "Golden syrup dumplings", or sometimes just "golden dumplings".
    I love how they expand, and are light and fluffy. And the sauce!