I recently had the joy of all three of my girls home to visit. Before they arrive I tend to ask if there is anything in particular they would like to eat? I know the standard answer is “Gran’s jam drops” – that’s a given. My mum has them baked and ready in plenty of time for their arrival. If they arrive on different days then there is another fresh batch on the doorstep.
Food does indeed bring back childhood memories. For our birthdays we chose the dinner for that evening. I used to ask for a roast chicken and chocolate cake. That was before my mum mastered her sponge cake! I promise I will share this recipe soon – I just need mum to give me some notice to be ready with the camera and capture some of the steps as my mum tends to get up and cook in the wee tiny hours of the morning light.
My middle daughter has a huge sweet tooth. Dinner was never complete until dessert was served. Sometimes it wasn’t much but we HAD to have dessert every evening. My grandfather Clem was the same. I remember my dad saying he would have been happy with dessert for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yet the same man never liked to mix his courses. He disliked fruit with his main saying “I will save that fruit for dessert, no need to eat with my meat” Oh how he would struggle with current food trends!
My girl’s habits have changed a little as they moved away however when they are home the desire for some home cooked desserts is hard to fight and they do succumb. The evening my mum came for dinner was a great example. No one was expecting or needing dessert – we had been foraging on chocolate eggs throughout the day. Until Gran showed up, as usual never empty handed.
“I whipped up some dumplings for dessert, thought we should have a treat now the weather has turned cool”
Oh My Goodness! My own childhood memories of sitting around the family table with the wood stove warming the kitchen as the winter winds rattled the glass louvres behind us came to mind.
Golden Syrup Dumplings. Passed down from grandmothers recipe book.
Note the use of words such as “good cup” and “large” tablespoon. In other words don’t scrimp and measurements are approximate.
Are your taste buds watering?
They should be.
It is a cheap easy dessert, with staples from your pantry. The sauce can be made ahead of time.
My mum makes the dumplings and then as you sit down to eat she pops the dumplings in the boiling sauce. By the time the meal is eaten the dumplings are ready.
Golden Syrup Dumplings
Rub 1 tablespoon butter into a good cup Self Raising Flour (I think ‘good’ means heaped)
Mix to a dough with 1 egg, beaten with a little milk (1/4 to ½ cup)
Roll into balls, approximately a bit smaller than a tennis ball.
(I have doubled here to make sure there is plenty of liquid and moist dumplings)
Mix 2 cups water, 1 tablespoons sugar and 2 large tablespoon golden syrup in a saucepan over heat.
Bring to boil.
Drop in the dumplings, cover and boil for 20 minutes.
Serve hot, best with ice cream and/or cream.
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