RECIPE: British Herb Dumplings


First, it is important to note that a British dumpling is a very different food to Chinese dumplings. These are suet-based dumplings that are generally served with broths and stews. They are cheap and easy food to make that will make a dish complete. The addition of herbs to the dumpling adds more flavour. Here is how to make British herb dumplings.

Makes: 12 dumplings.

Ingredients for British Herb Dumplings

  • 9 oz/ 250 g self-raising flour
  • 4 1/2 oz/ 125 g shredded suet
  • 7 fl oz/ 200 ml water
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Black pepper

How to Make Herb Dumplings

  1. Put the flour in a mixing bowl and stir in the suet, salt, and herbs.
  2. Season with black pepper.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the cold water.
  4. Stir the mixture together with your hand to create a soft dough.
  5. Flour your hands and divide the mixture into 12 pieces and hand-roll into balls.
  6. Dumplings take about 20 minutes to cook through, so drop them into your soup, stew, or broth 20 minutes before you are ready to serve. 

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