Caramel Dumplings

This image courtesy of Tom Eckerle

Makes8 to 10 dumplings


Total Timeunder 1 hour

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cooking for a date, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Coursedessert


Moodblue, romantic

Taste and Texturebuttery, rich, sweet

Type of Dishdessert


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Grated zest of lemon
  • Grated zest of 1 orange


  1. The dumpling dough: In a mixing bowl, combine the dry dough ingredients with lemon zest. Mix in the egg, milk, and melted butter and beat just until the batter is smooth.

  2. The poaching liquid: In a large saucepan, dissolve the brown sugar and butter in 2 cups water and bring to a simmer over moderate heat.

  3. The caramel sauce: Place the granulated sugar in a heavy saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved and becomes a golden brown. Add the heavy cream, stir in the butter, and mix until smooth. Reserve.

  4. The dumplings: Working in batches if necessary, use a large oval soup spoon to drop the dough by spoonfuls into the poaching liquid. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the dumplings over and cook, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes more. Remove with a slotted spoon, place one dumpling on each serving plate, spoon the caramel over, and sprinkle with the lemon and orange zests.


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