Tuesday, April 5, 2011

D is for Dumplings

Is there anything that says comfort food more than chicken and dumplings? ‘Course, it helps if the dumplings are light and fluffy and cooked perfectly through. Two tricks for achieving that are cake flour and steam.

These can be served with chicken for the classic dish, but they’re also good on top of beef stew or goulash with lots of smoked paprika. I found this recipe online but don’t remember where. It’s really easy.


Light ‘N’ Fluffy Dumplings

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir butter into milk, then mix lightly with the flour mixture. Drop the batter (it will be a bit sticky) onto simmering liquid by heaping teaspoonful. Cover and cook for fifteen minutes. DO NOT remove the lid during this time, or the steam will escape. After fifteen minutes test the dumplings with a toothpick or wooden skewer. If it comes out clean, they’re done.



  1. I have to try this. When I was uber pregnant a Chinese friend and his family had us over for dinner. We made about a hundred (!) dumplings by hand and it was SO GOOD. I still think of it as one of the best meals of my life.

  2. Stew And Dumplings is really good on a cold day. It's not just the taste, it's the smell as it's cooking, and the texture of the dumplings in your mouth. Yummy.

  3. I have never made my own dumplings, but it looks so easy. I'll have to try it!

  4. Oh yeah, dumplings always good. Relatives in North England use in beef stew dishes. Thank You.

  5. KO, are Chinese dumplings made the same way? Your comment makes me want to run out for dim sum!

    Tony, the cold days are fading here, but there should still be a few evenings chilly enough for stew and dumplings. ; )

    Jenny, I was a flop at dumplings until I tried these. Let me know how it goes.

    Welcome, anthony! Yorkshire pudding is another English favorite of mine.

  6. A yummy "D" post. Dumplings are so satisfying, no matter the recipe. I like them on a beef stew, and I even have a dessert recipe somewhere in my files for dumplings in stewed strawberries.

  7. hi, the dumplings look tasty, but nothing like the dumplings we used to make with chicken. The ones we made are rolled out on a doughboard,and cut into slices and are quite thin. Dad called them, "slickums" and my sister could make the best of anyone around. She learned from my mom how to make them. But they are all bread, and don't you know, there is nothing better than bread, regardless of its form. Ha.

  8. This brings back many good dumpling memories. Delicious D word.

  9. Yum, I love dumplings, yet I've never tried to make them myself. I started to once, but I chickened out. Sounds easy, though!

    Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!

  10. Hi Pat and Ann -- thanks for stopping by!

    Grammy, I remember dumplings like that -- had a roommate who could whip them up, but I never quite had the knack.

    Welcome Shannon! Nice to meet another Colorado writer.