Mom’s Berry Dumplings

moms fruit dumplings
My grandfather was a professional baker, so you’d think that my mother would have automatically been a great cook. Such was not the case however, her skill came through trial and error, sweat and tears…the old fashioned way.

Does your family have inside jokes, stories you hear over and over again? Mine does. One of them revolves around my dad’s favorite dessert – cherry dumplings. When my mom and dad starting dating (they were high school sweethearts), my mom really wanted to impress my dad and make his favorite dessert. She had seen it made often enough, with the sweet fruit bubbling merrily on the stove and fluffy dollops of dumpling dough resting on top.

She did NOT, however, really know what was in the dumping dough. So she threw some flour and water together, feeling pretty proud of herself for making homemade dumplings, and dropped what she thought was going to be delicious dumplings over the skillet of cherries.

Fast-forward to dessert time, my dad was served a bowl full of yummy cherries topped with piles of hard as rock dumplings. We’re talking projectile missile material people. This was the first cooking lesson my mom learned the hard way – dumplings were more than flour and water.  After 45 years of marriage, my mom has perfected her cooking skills, and makes the best fruit dumplings. You can easily switch out the fruit for whatever you want. Some of my favorites are: blackberry, strawberry, peach, strawberry-rhubarb, cherry, etc…you get the idea.

Topped with heavy cream or ice cream, these dumplings really hit the spot!
moms fruit dumplings

Mom’s Fruit Dumplings

Serves: 4-6   Printable Recipe

2 cups all-purpose baking mix (homemade or store bought. See homemade recipe below.)

2/3 cups milk

4 cups berries (or any fruit of your choice)

1/3 cup sugar

Stir together the strawberries and sugar in a skillet, let sit for about 10-15 minutes until juice forms. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes. Just until the berries begin to soften, but aren’t mushy.

moms fruit dumplings

While the berries are simmering, mix together 2 cups of the all-purpose baking mix and 2/3 cups milk until a soft dough forms. Using a small spoon, drop dough evenly over the berry mixture.

moms fruit dumplings

Cover the pan, reduce heat to low and cook for another 8-10 minutes. Until the dumplings have doubled in size and look dry on top.

moms fruit dumplings
Remove from heat and let stand for about 5 minutes.  Serve warm, drizzled in cream. This is pure heaven. Smile Homemade All-Purpose Baking Mix recipe can be found below.
moms fruit dumplings
All-Purpose Baking Mix:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable shortening or butter

Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Cut shortening/butter in with a fork until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Store mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 months.



Belinda @zomppa said...

Looks like you inherited the ability to make some amazing dumplings!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This is like love on a spoon! I love it!

Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen said...

Beautiful photos! This looks so tasty!!

Julia @The Roasted Root said...

Oh. My. Gosh! :)

Tara said...

Hi Amber, I am going to add this to my Mouth Watering Mondays post this coming Monday. Come on over to to see it. Cheers, Tara

Heather said...

Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! Definitely making this soon!

Myka said...

I just had strawberries in the fridge, but I let them go bad. D:

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

So glad you're sharing a 45-year old recipe that has been absolutely perfected!

Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper said...

These look absolutely delicious! I've made something similar but baked it in the oven. I like that this is stovetop so I wouldn't have to heat up my kitchen.

Smitten Foodie said...

These look so yummy! Great idea for a brunch.

Take care

kimkay said...

Your printable link isn't working, and I REALLY want to print this one! Looks delicious...

Karyn said...

Those strawberries look so good!! I've never had fruit and dumplings like this before. Something new to try :)

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

Hahaha that is too funny! :)
These berry dumplings look sooooo good. Can't wait to try out this recipe!!

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