Dumplings recipe

Dumplings recipe

Ingredients (makes about 8)
  •     150g self raising flour
  •     75g beef/veg suet (I recommend beef)
  •     1 tsp baking powder (optional but fluffs them up a bit more)
  •     Either; a stew/casserole or chicken/beef stock and some gravy granules to thicken (I like to use 1 chicken and 1 beef stock cube together)
  •     Salt & pepper
  •     Water
  •     (optional) fresh or dried herb(s) of your choice
  •     Mixing bowl
  •     Scales
  •     A saucepan, or if putting in a stew make sure the dish is big enough to hold them
  •     Knife and chopping board if using fresh herbs
  •     Tablespoon
  •     Sieve (optional)
Cooking method (25-35 minutes)
  1.     Weigh out 150g of flour with the baking powder and sieve into a mixing bowl.
  2.     Add 75g of suet, salt and pepper (I usually use a fair amount) and any herbs if using and mix around with a spoon.
  3.     Add 1 tbsp of water and mix well, keep doing this until you have a firm dough, it doesn’t need a lot of water, usually only 3-5 tbsp so don’t overdo it or you have to start adding flour to balance it out and the whole thing goes out of proportion.
  4.     Cut the dough in 6-8 pieces and roll them into balls, they might look a bit small but the absorb a lot of liquid and grow.
  5.     If you have a stew in the oven, add the dumplings 20-30 minutes before you plan to serve.
  6.     If you don’t have a stew, get some stock on to boil, when it’s boiling add some gravy granules to thicken the liquid, then add the dumplings, put a lid on the pan and reduce the heat to low and cook for 20-30 minutes. We add the gravy granules as it help the dumplings hold their shape, but if cooking in a saucepan be sure to keep an eye on them.
  7.     Eat and try not to become a dumpling addict
All of that, and dim-sum

No it was just a headline, no dim-sum here, but they are a kind of dumpling and I’ll get a recipe up for them soon.

Costwise these little balls of joy cost between 7-15p each depending if you use herbs, and which herbs, making 8 cost somewhere between 56p-£1.20.

Compared with the packet mix which costs about 80p and says it makes 8, so it might cost an extra 20-40p depending what you put in them, but you can’t beat homemade!

Give it some cheese

A variation I like to do it cut some cubes of cheddar or any other cheese and place them in the centre of the dumpling before cooking, though it can be fairly thick to get it to stay in there while it’s cooking!

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