Around the world, dumplings are the comfort food of choice for many. And there are a huge variety of dumplings out there, both sweet and savoury.

This is a recipe for old-fashioned Golden Syrup Dumplings.

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.

But the wait is certainly worthwhile. These dumplings may just be the ultimate comfort food.

Cook up a batch, serve with cream or ice cream and let your worries slip away – even if it’s for just a moment.

Nana Ling’s Golden Syrup Dumplings recipe

Keep scrolling for the tested and tweaked version.


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golden syrup dumplings

Golden Syrup Dumplings

A delightfully simple and wonderfully nostalgic dessert that you can make on a budget.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian, British
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 414kcal


  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 30 grams butter (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup


  • Sift flour and salt.
  • Rub butter into flour mixture.
  • 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 a ball.
  • Place water, sugar and golden syrup into a 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.
  • Serve with ice cream or cream.



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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