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Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Golden Syrup Dumplings and a confession
Mexicale Pie with Cornmeal Dumplings. It is a recipe that I found soon after I went vegetarian twenty-odd years ago. I posted about it on my blog soon after I started this blog about 6 years ago. I still make it regularly.
It is a mystery and an embarrassment that it has taken me until last week to find that I had written 'plain flour' rather than 'self raising flour' in the blog version of the recipe. I have now added baking powder to the recipe (which will turn plain flour into self raising flour). I just hope there haven't been many people making horrid unleavened dumplings like the ones I made last week. If you have, I apologise. (But I suspect anyone who tried that recipe may never have returned to my blog.)
No Meat and Three Veg and the richer recipe from the Australian Women's Weekly's Old Fashioned Favourites. It was very very sweet. E and I loved them. Sylvia loved cooking them more than eating them.
Next time I might scale back some of the sugar, as Kate did (and as I suspect is more old-fashioned) and even try a little lemon in the sauce as I have seen a few recipes do. I also made the mistake of serving it with vanilla ice cream that was too sweet for the dumplings. Regular cream would be preferable. (I would just eat it without cream or ice cream but E would not.) I also quite like my friend Will's way of baking the dumplings with a lump of chocolate in them. Another time.
I am sure I will make them again. The recipe is quick and simple, using only store cupboard ingredients. Not at all fancy. Exactly the sort of desserts I ate in my childhood. I was sure it is the sort of thing to be made throughout Australia's history but there is very little online or in my history cookbooks. Nevertheless eating golden syrup dumplings feels like your grandmother wrapping a warm blanket around you. Just the sort of comfort food we need over winter.
Farmersgirl Kitchen for this month's Credit Crunch Munch. This is an event founded by Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla Fab Food for All that promotes frugal recipes. This recipes is frugal because it provides a delicious dessert without any fancy or expensive ingredients.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Buttery quince and almond cake
Two years ago: St Andrews Market - crafts in the bush
Three years ago: Sophie's moreish tofu - adapted
Four years ago: WTSIM ... Red Onion, Feta and Olive Tart
Five years ago: Promoting Promite
Golden Syrup Dumplings
adapted from Not Meat and three Veg and AWW Old Fashioned Favourites
1 cup self raising flour
2 tbsp butter or margarine (I used Nuttelex)
1/3 cup milk (80ml) milk (I used soy milk)
1 tbsp golden syrup
3 tbsp golden syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 and 1/4 cup water
1 tbsp lemon juice (I didn't use but will try it next time)
cream to serve
Rub butter into flour in a medium bowl. Stir in milk and golden syrup to make a soft dough.
Put all ingredients for the sauce into a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and gently drop spoonfuls of dumpling mixture into the saucepan. You should have about 8 dumplings.
Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn over about once or twice to make sure all dumplings are covered with sauce. Use a spoon to take a small piece of dumpling to test they are cooked. The sauce should have thickened up.
Serve dumplings with sauce spooned over them. Serve cream on the side if desired.
Notes: June 2016 - tried it with a tablespoon on lemon juice and E said to leave out the lemon juice next time and keep it sweet. Perhaps just a half tsp of lemon juice and a bit less brown sugar would work.
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