A couple of weekends ago we had finished dinner and were both craving something sweet. I remembered a dessert that my mum would whip up really quickly for us when we were kids, caramel dumplings.

WARNING: These are delicious but ridiculously sweet!

First thing is to make the dumpling mixture. In a bowl I use my hands to crumble 2 tablespoons of butter throughout 1 1/4 flour. You don’t need to combine it completely just so that the flour becomes crumbly. After that I just add in 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/3 of a cup of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix this altogether until completely combined and set it aside.

Sauce time!! In a deep fry pan or large saucepan combine 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 1/2 cups of firmly packed brown sugar and 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Just a quick tip, use light brown sugar rather than dark. Mix all of this on medium heat until it comes to the boil. Lower heat so that it simmers gently.

Add heaped spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture to the simmering sauce. The mixture should make six large dumplings (try to make them a little more even than I did). Then it is simply covering and letting them simmer slowly for 20 minutes.

Because they are so rich and sweet you definitely need cream or ice cream with them to break up the sweetness. We didn’t have any but I would serve these hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Even without they were delicious and quenched the sweet craving J. and I had that night!


  1. mongo466 says:

    Here is one my mom used to make when I was young, take canned biscuits and dip them in melted butter, coat in cinnamon and sugar, place in small casserole or pie pan and bake according to instructions, drizzling a little of the melted butter and cinnamon/sugar mix before baking doesn’t hurt.

  2. ayoungfoodie says:

    These look so yummy. Thanks for sharing! I’ve got another to do now on my list. A thumbs up from a fellow foodie! ~ ayoungfoodie.wordpress.com

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