Amish Brown Sugar Dumpling

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If you aren’t familiar with Amish brown sugar dumpling recipes, they are simply a batter that is dropped into a hot sugar syrup, then baked into a moist cake. The batter soaks in the syrup as they bake resulting in sweet brown sugar cake that is so addictive with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The batter is somewhat looser than traditional cake recipes, almost like a pancake batter, but tastes so delicious with the buttery brown sugar syrup, chopped nuts, and raisins. If you are looking for simple baking recipes to serve your family throughout the week, this sweet dumpling recipe will be a comforting dish they will be craving again and again.

Sometimes the best baking recipes aren’t a decadent chocolate cake or cheesecake, but rather something simple you can eat with ice cream or whipped cream, like this brown sugar dumplings recipe. This dessert recipe won’t take you very long to prepare, as the batter should take only minutes to mix and the cake bakes in a half hour. Even though this dessert recipe is simplistic, however, it uses such a range of homey ingredients, like butter, vanilla, and cinnamon, that it is an incredibly satisfying finish to any meal.

If you prefer, replace part or all of the raisins with another dried fruit, like cranberries, apples, or chopped apricots. This baking recipe is a good way of using up leftover dried fruit or nuts in the pantry if you have a lot of them left from holiday baking because this dish would go well with any nut or fruit from pistachios to almonds, or figs to candied cherries. Even if you have dried fruit that is well past its prime and no longer supple, you can return them to an adequate state for baking by steeping them in boiling water for a few minutes.

Amazing baking recipes usually contain a wow factor that keeps you going back for more, and in the case of this Amish recipe, it is the syrup. This syrup recipe is very simple by combining butter, water, and brown sugar in a pan, and simmering it until the sugar is dissolved. You add vanilla to the syrup at the very end, so it doesn’t burn out of the mix because the pure vanilla taste is integral to the finished product. Yes, you certainly can substitute the brown sugar with granulated white sugar, but just like in sticky buns recipes, the brown sugar adds a richness similar to molasses which you won’t achieve with an alternative sweetener. Also, even though the dumpling recipe doesn’t state to do this, always toast the nuts that you use in recipes for the best flavor.

Just place the nuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until they are fragrant and just starting to turn golden. You will be impressed by how much better the cake tastes when the nuts are highlighted in the toasting process. Thank you to Judy, the author of The Southern Lady Cooks recipe blog, for sharing her Amish brown sugar dumplings recipe with us. **

Nutrition Facts for: Amish Brown Sugar Dumplings from The Southern Lady Cooks.
Ingredients: All purpose flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, pecans or walnuts, raisins, butter, milk, brown sugar, water, vanilla extract.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 10 servings * Per Serving: Calories 338,Calories from Fat 72,Total Fat 8.0g 12%,Saturated Fat 2.8g 14%,Cholesterol 11mg 4%, Sodium 47mg 2%, Potassium 315mg 9%, Carbohydrates 64.3g 21%, Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%, Sugars 41.0g, Protein 5.4g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 11%, Iron 11%

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