Here are two sweet dumpling recipes for you to try. Both are real comfort foods but are quick to prepare and filling.

Banana Dumplings

  • 30g butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 1/4 cups SR flour
  • 30g butter extra
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar extra
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed


  1. Combine butter, sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer over low heat until sugar is dissolved
  2. Boil for 3 minutes
  3. pour syrup into an oven proof casserole dish
  4. sift flour into a basin, rub in butter and stir in the sugar
  5. combine milk, vanilla and bananas and add to the flour
  6. stir until just combined
  7. drop spoonfulls of dough into the syryp
  8. cover and bake in a moderately hot oven for 20 minutes
  9. serve with icecream or custard.

Syrup Dumplings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tab butter
  • 1 tab golden syrup
  • 1 extra tab butter
  • 1 cup SR flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup milk (approx)


  1. Place water, sugar, butter and syrup into a large saucepan
  2. stir until sugar dissolves
  3. bring to the boil
  4. meanwhile, add flour and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter
  5. mix in the egg and enough milk to make a thick batter - it needs to be sticky but not thin enough to pour
  6. drop tablespoons of the dough into the boiling syrup until all the dough has been used.
  7. cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. The dough will puff up and most of the liquid will be absorbed.
  8. Serve with custard or icecream.