Thursday, 28 October 2010

Easy Dumplings

It's getting damn cold.

On Sunday evening I offered to make a "light" soup for supper (since we'd already eaten a full Sunday lunch) and ended up making a gorgeous stew with dumplings... oops.

I always loved dumplings as a kid, but for some reason I've never really made them as an adult. A friend recently served some to us which reminded me that they exist, so it was a good time to try it out for myself.

An Easy Dumpling Recipe

150g self-raising flour
75g butter
salt, pepper & dried herbs (to taste)
approx. 50ml water

  1. Pop the butter in the freezer for a few minutes.
  2. Mix the salt, pepper and herbs into the flour, in a large bowl.
  3. Grate the butter into the flour, then rub in to make "breadcrumbs".
  4. Add a little water at a time until the dough sticks together.
  5. Divide into six portions and roll each into a ball.
  6. Place dumplings on the top of a soup or stew, put a lid on the pan, and simmer for thirty minutes. Keep an eye on it; you may need to add a little more water to your soup as the dough absorbs liquid.

Come back next week for the stew recipe!

Note: my husband fancied having his dumplings a little less light-and-fluffy, so I made another batch later with 3:1 self-raising to plain flour.


St├ęphanie said...

Nice recipe !

Louiz said...

Himself makes a stew and dumplings which is just fabulous:) It's definitely stew weather now

Bibliomama said...

I'm not sure I've ever had dumplings. I must remedy this situation immediately.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a big dumpling fan, but I do love stew! Great photos!

Alice Braga a.k.a. Alice Marie said...

I'm sending you warm (or at least milder than cold) thoughts from New York. It's fun seeing your creativity show up in all areas of your life.

I agree with Ladyfi: nice photos!

Tabor said...

What a great idea. It has been a decade or so since I made dumplings.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Soup is very cozy this time of year. I've never made my own noodles, but I think it would be fun to try.

LindyLouMac said...

I have not eaten dumplings for years, so this was a blast from the past!
Thanks for your recent visit and comment over on News From Italy, always appreciated.

Anonymous said...

This is making me hungry! I'd better go have lunch. It's cold here, too. I went running first thing in the morning and haven't warmed up since. I would love some soup with dumplings.

The Blonde Duck said...

You should come to Texas! Our cold front is 76--below 80!

Jen said...

I'm holding out for the stew recipe. Yum!

Nora Johnson said...

It's definitely stew weather here in Spain too - and I'll definitely be trying yr recipe!

Love yr blog - will be back to read through posts!

Have a good weekend,

Lola & Nora:)

Ginny said...

Hi Rachel, thanks for stopping by my blog! How exciting to have a follower in England!! I have always loved everything about England and Ireland, movies, great grandfather came over from England on a ship as a cook. I, too, am interested in just everything and love learning it all. I love learning things for my blog...did you know there are tear bottles, ladies used to cry in them when they were mourning, and you can still buy them. Your blog is wonderful!!! It is varied and you never know what you might find! I really like that. And you have a yummy looking recipe now and then! I adore that orange toadstool picture, all your pictures are so good!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Those look wonderful!

christine said...

The dumplings you ate at home were made with vegetable suet, so no having to freeze then grate the cold butter - even easier dumplings:-)

Emmie said...

yum your recipes always make me peckish! :)

Anonymous said...

Love the recipe. So many American dumplings call for rolling them out and cutting them like big noodles. I just posted a Butter Dumpling recipe on my own blog! I'm so going to put them in stew next time. Yummy goodness. It's that time of year!

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