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Golden Syrup Dumplings

A delightfully simple and wonderfully nostalgic dessert that you can make on a budget.
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This is a recipe for old-fashioned Golden Syrup Dumplings.

Around the world, dumplings are the comfort food of choice for many and come in various sweet and savoury versions. They’re filling and just seem to make the world that little bit better!

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The sweetest choice in dumplings 

Golden syrup dumplings are a dessert loved for generations here in Australia.

Like all dumplings, the key element is the dough. Yummy, scrummy, DOUGH. 

Here, the pieces of dough are simmered in a golden syrup mixture until cooked.

You will hardly be able to wait for the 20 minutes of cooking to pass. These dumplings smell just amazing as they’re simmering away in your kitchen.

Nana Ling’s Golden Syrup Dumplings recipe

This recipe comes from the pages of Nana Ling‘s handwritten recipe books and is dated October 1939.

Do keep scrolling for the tested and tweaked recipe, though, as I found more water was needed in the recipe (and it’s a whole lot easier to follow!)

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Ingredients for Golden Syrup Dumplings

To make these sweet little treats you’ll need:

  • SR flour (or plain/all purpose flour + baking powder)
  • salt
  • butter
  • egg
  • milk
  • water
  • brown sugar
  • golden syrup (this is readily available in supermarkets in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and can be found in the international aisle in US and other locations – or substitute maple syrup, honey or corn syrup).

Precise quantities for ingredients can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

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How to make Golden Syrup Dumplings

Start by sifting the flour and salt together into a mixing bowl.

Cut butter into cubes and rub the butter into flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumb consistency.

Whisk the egg with the milk and add to the dry ingredients. Stir with a butter knife to combine.

Break the dough into eight portions and gently shape into balls.

Place the water, sugar and golden syrup into a large frying pan that has a lid.

Stir over heat and bring to the boil.

Place the eight balls into the boiling mixture and reduce to a simmer.

Place lid on the frying pan and cook for 20 minutes.

Take a quick peak if you’re worried the mixture might be sticking to the bottom of the pan or burning, otherwise leave the lid on the pan while cooking.

Once cooked, spoon syrup over the tops of the dumplings.

If syrup seems too runny after cooking time has elapsed, allow to simmer uncovered for a minute or two at the end to allow to thicken.

Serve straight away with cream or ice cream and let your worries slip away – even if it’s for just a moment.

Recipe FAQs

Q. Can I freeze Golden Syrup Dumplings?

They freeze okay, but are definitely more delicious served immediately.

Q. Can I make these in a camp oven?

These are perfect camping food. Follow the same instructions and be sure to keep the lid on the camp saucepan or dutch oven while cooking.

Q. What is Golden Syrup?

It’s a thick, golden-coloured ingredient often used in Australian baking (such as the iconic Anzac Biscuit) and is made by the process of refining sugar cane into sugar.

Q. Where can I find it?

It’s readily available in supermarkets in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and can be found in the international aisle in US and other locations.

Q. I don’t have Golden Syrup. What else can I use?

Use corn syrup, maple syrup or honey.

Q. Do you have other old-fashioned dessert recipes?

Many! If you like this one, you might also like:

Or check out the entire Desserts collection here.

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Golden Syrup Dumplings

A delightfully simple and wonderfully nostalgic dessert that you can make on a budget.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: golden syrup dumplings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 414kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup SR flour (or 1 cup plain/all purpose flour + 2 teaspoons baking powder)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 30 grams butter (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup (or use maple syrup, honey or corn syrup)

Instructions

  • Sift flour and salt.
  • Rub butter into flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumb consistency.
  • Whisk egg with milk and add to dry ingredients. Stir with a butter knife to combine.
  • Break mixture into eight portions and gently shape into balls.
  • Place water, sugar and golden syrup into a large frying pan that has a lid. Stir over heat and bring to the boil.
  • Place the eight portions into the boiling mixture and reduce to a simmer.
  • Place lid on the frying pan and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Take a quick peak if you're worried the mixture might be sticking to the bottom of the pan or burning, otherwise leave the lid on the pan while cooking.
  • Once cooked, spoon syrup over the tops of the dumplings.
  • Serve with ice cream or cream.

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Notes

  • Cut butter into small cubes before rubbing into flour.
  • Ensure you keep covered while cooking. 
  • If syrup seems too runny after cooking time, allow to simmer uncovered for a minute or two at end of process to allow to thicken.
  • The dumplings freeze okay, but are definitely more delicious served immediately.
  • Golden Syrup is readily available in supermarkets in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and can be found in the international aisle in US and other locations. You could use corn syrup, maple syrup or honey as a substitute.

Nutrition

Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 247IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg
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Jo

Monday 21st of November 2022

Thank you for this great recipe. How far ahead can the dumplings be made before serving please.

Libby Hakim

Monday 21st of November 2022

Hi Jo! Like many things, they are better served straight away. However you can keep them in the fridge for a few days and re-heat. Thanks for the question.

Lesley Hodgson

Tuesday 31st of March 2020

Love your recipes

Libby

Thursday 2nd of April 2020

That's great! Thanks, Lesley :)

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