It all started out well, boiling some pitted sour cherries with some sugar. (You can read here about pitting the cherries.) While that was happening, I made the dumpling batter.
I dropped the batter by spoonfuls into the boiling cherry mixture and said a prayer.
A few of the dumplings took a cherry bath, i.e., submerged. I wasn't sure if this was a good thing or not.
I let them cook for a while until the batter seemed cooked through.
Below is the recipe card for all you adventurous souls out there. For everyone else, I've provided an instruction manual, i.e., I've translated and interpreted the recipe.
Place in a medium saucepan:
3 cups pitted sour cherries
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
Boil until sugar dissolves and cherries begin to soften.
1 cup flour
2 T. sugar
pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Cut in (with two knives, a pastry blender, or in a food processor:
4 T butter
When the mixture is of uniform size, add and mix until combined:
1/2 cup of milk
Drop batter by spoonfuls into boiling cherry mixture. Lower the heat, cover the pan and cook until the dumplings are done.