Country Boy introduced me to Golden Syrup Dumplings before we were even married. They are one of his favourite childhood desserts and he wheels them out a couple of times a year, particularly once the weather gets cold.
A few weeks back I made some with my class at school, only I put a little twist on them by adding some orange zest and juice to the syrup. I also popped a square of chocolate into the centre of each dumpling so that you got a nice little surprise when you bit into them. They were so good that I decided to make them again at home to serve at church. They were just as good then!
- 1 orange - zest and juice
- 500ml water
- 185ml golden syrup
- ½ brown sugar
- 40g butter
- 1¼ c SR flour
- 30g butter - chopped
- 80ml milk
- 80ml golden syrup
- 50g dark chocolate
- Combine the orange juice and zest, water, golden syrup, brown sugar, and butter in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce and simmer for a minute or two.
- Place the flour in a bowl, and then rub butter into it with your finger tips.
- Mix in the milk and golden syrup into the flour to make a soft dough.
- Break the chocolate into small chunks.
- Cut the dough into small even balls. Press a chunk into the centre of each ball. Make sure that the chocolate is completely sealed in the dough by rolling it in your palm quickly.
- Drop the finished balls carefully into the simmering syrup. Cover with a lid or foil, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the dumplings have risen and set.
- Serve with icecream!
What’s your favourite dessert from childhood?