Never heard of these? Me neither, which is why I had to make them immediately.
Caramel dumplings are exactly what they sound like: flour dumplings simmered in a caramel sauce. This is truly an inventive dessert; everything about it is unusual, or at least I've never even read about anything quite like this.
|The first step is to melt sugar in a saucepan to caramelize it.|
I imagine that this dessert is a home-grown and beloved family recipe, one borne of economic necessity or perhaps invented one night when the kids were clamoring for dessert but the pantry was bare: no eggs or chocolate, and just a bit of milk and butter. Its ingredients are simple kitchen staples -- flour, baking powder, a bit of butter, milk and sugar. In the recipe box where I discovered this, I found not one, but two recipes for caramel dumplings: the well-used original (many of the words are obscured with smudge marks) and a more recent hand-written copy.