Stew Dumplings à Carl Lurker

Wed Apr 20, 2005 7:32 pm

This is a recipe that deserved it's own thread taken from the Boeuf au Bovril thread. (Emilie)

Here's a li'l something you could add to your beef roast, but you'll have to transfer your roaster from the oven to the stove top for the last 20 minutes.

Dumplings à Carl Lurker

2 cups sifted flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1 egg, beaten
¾ cup milk

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, cut in butter. Combine the egg and milk, stir into dry ingredients to make a stiff batter. Turn out onto a floured surface and roll to ½ inch thick. Cut into 1-2 inch squares and drop into gently boiling soup/stew/sauerbraten/pot roast. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes.

Two hints for tender, fluffy dumplings:

1. The ingredients should be cold. If the fat melts into the flour BEFORE the dumplings start cooking, the dumplings will come out tough and chewy. This is true for any pastry.

2. Your pot must have a good fitting lid and no peeking before 20 minutes! If too much steam escapes from the pot, the dumplings become heavy and sticky.