Delicious winter dessert: brown sugar dumplings with bourbon caramel sauce

April 30, 2018

We're finally feeling the cool of Autumn after a loooooong summer. Not only does this get us excited for the winter to come with more snowy adventures, but it brings the excuse for warm comfort food to keep our blood flowing and energy levels high.


We came across this delicious recipe for caramel dumplings by Cassandra Morris of Fig + Salt on the in bed store journal. Not only do they supply the most beautiful linen and home wares, but they have beautiful photos throughout their journal to make you feel all warm and fuzzy. We highly recommend you take a look to prepare to stay toasty indoors through the winter.


We're sharing this recipe with you because we couldn't be selfish and keep it all to ourselves. It's delectably easy and sure to please everyone after a chilly winter's day.

All images by Bobby Clark



The Dumpling Mixture:

1 1/2 cups baking flour or plain flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Rind of one orange finely grated

1/4 cup buttermilk

90 grams butter

1 egg

1 egg yolk


Bourbon Caramel Sauce:

50 grams butter

350 grams brown sugar

90ML golden syrup

50 ML good quality bourbon

Juice of one orange


Dumpling Method:

Sift the flour and baking powder into a medium sized bowl.

Add the grated orange rind and a pinch of salt,  then add butter and rub in with your fingertips.

Whisk buttermilk, egg and yolk in a jug to combine.

Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients, add buttermilk mixture and stir to combine.  Roll mixture into balls about a tablespoons worth or if you’d like smaller dumplings then roll smaller.


Caramel Sauce Method

In a saucepan stir the sugar, golden syrup, butter, juice and 330ml of water over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.

Gently bring to the simmer (before adding the dumplings I put a small amount of the sauce in a jug to pour over my ice cream)

Add tablespoons of the batter, cover and simmer, turning the dumplings once to ensure they are well coated in the sauce. Dumplings are cooked when they have risen and are puffy about 5-6 minutes.

Ladle into bowls and serve hot with some ice cream or cream, drizzle some more syrup and add some crushed hazelnuts too if you like.


Enjoy, little snow bums.




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