Thursday, October 9, 2014

Recipe: Fruit Dumplings

Cherry Dumplings topped with cinnamon sugar
Before we go to the recipe, I'd like to say a word or two about 'Dumpling Culture'. Dumpling Culture refers to the crappy old times in which folks ate a lot of dumplings-- usually with sauce or gravy. I will not say that those were simpler times because making dumplings is complicated business. But they were good times because dumplings are yummy. 

We used cherries rather than plums.


3/4 C milk
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 C flour (or more)
2 eggs
plums cut into pieces
cinnamon sugar

Combine milk, salt and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add flour and stir constantly until mixture is stiff and doesn't stick to spatula or pan. Remove from heat, let cool slightly. Add eggs. Roll out on a lightly floured surface. Cut into squares. Wrap each square around a plum piece. Spoon dumplings into rapidly boiling water and boil for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.


  1. When we lived in Germany, my neighbor's mother visited and prepared _something_ dumplingy. I've wondered just exactly what it was, but haven't ever found a recipe that seemed to describe it. She used mashed potatoes, other stuff, and then using a stoned apricot for the center, built a ball out of the potato mix which she then dropped into boiling water. I don't know how long or what she did with them after that. Were they for a main dish? dessert? coffee? (that was, in Germany, an afternoon ritual similar - I think - to the British Tea, Coffee was served, with a sweet of some sort) served hot? cold? I don't know. I just know it intrigued me and I've never run across anything that satisfied my curiosity about them.

    1. I will relay this to John. He may have come across something in his Big Food travels. Sounds interesting!

  2. I thought about it a bit...she started with a half apricot.! As I recall, she would spoon some of the mashed potato mix into her hand, then add the half apricot, then add more potato mix and make it into a ball. Then she'd drop it into boiling water and then ... ?????? I never saw them eat them!


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