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Blueberry Dumplings



  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • half cup hot water

  • 100 g blackberries (jam ok)

  • 2 tablespoons starch (for filling)






  • Let's start with the dough. This is the kind for boiling. 

  • Prepare the flour, salt and oil, boil a cup of water and let it cool down for a minute.

  • Mix the flour and salt, add oil and slowly, little by little add the hot water as you start kneading. Be careful not to burn your hand. The dough will be "feathery" at first, but don't worry, just knead. 

  • Once the dough is uniform, not sticky and clay-like, cover with a dry cloth and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. 

  • In the meantime, you can make the filling. If you're making with jam, you can skip the next step.

  • You can make the filling by mixing the fruit with starch. I used frozen blackberries here. They were pretty big and not too sweet, so I also added a little sugar. The filling should be pudding-like and not watery.

  • After the dough has rested, sprinkle some flour on your kneading board (if you don't have a kneading board, sprinkle flour on some clean, sturdy, flat surface) and get ready for a workout. 

  • Using a rolling pin, make the dough into a thin, uniformly flat layer. 

  • You may want to flip it from time to time and make sure you spread it in all directions. 

  • Using a cup or small bowl, cut the dough into circles. Whatever is left over, you can sprinkle with water, flour and knead again for more circles. 

  • Now for some arts and crafts. Take each circle, put some filling in the middle (your filling isn't watery, is it?). Now, use a wet finger to make the edges sticky and fold in half. When folded, squeeze the edges shut with your fingers or a fork. Be careful about the corners - it's where the filling leaks. 

  • Now, gently put the dumplings in 4-5 cups of salted, boiling water. Make sure they don't stick to the bottom, or to each other. Leave them boiling until they float.

  • This is awesome by the way - these things float when they're ready!

  • Now, take the dumplings out and let them drip and steam out. Serve with some yoghurt (for the calorie-conscious) or cream (for special occasions) and sugar. I used brown sugar and some leftover berries here.

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