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Category: Desserts

Strawberry dumplings

Strawberry dumplings
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

In 1967, Helmut Winter made international headlines for flinging some serious dumplings. Outraged at the low-flying military aircraft over his home in Pasing, near Munich, Germany, Winter began firing bread dumplings from a massive homemade catapult. While he never grounded ... Read more

Total time: About 1 hour | Serves 8 to 10
  • 3 pounds strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeded
  • 4 teaspoons Amaretto
  • 1 1/2 cups (6.4 ounces) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold butter, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup cold buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Step 1Heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Step 2Hull the strawberries. Cut the strawberries, keeping the pieces large (leave the small strawberries whole, halve the mediums, and quarter the large). Place the strawberries in a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 cup sugar, the vanilla seeds and Amaretto, making sure the vanilla and amaretto are evenly distributed.

Step 3Pour the strawberry mixture into a 9- by 13-inch baking dish.

Step 4In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut in the cold butter using a pastry cutter or fork until the butter is reduced to small, pea-sized pieces. Pour in the buttermilk, and stir until the mixture is combined to form a thick, sticky batter. Gently stir in the almonds to combine.

Step 5Scoop the batter into 8 to 10 portions, using a large soup or small serving spoon. Space the dumplings evenly over the strawberries. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake until the dumplings have risen and are golden brown and the strawberries are softened and bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the dumplings should come out clean.

Step 6Remove and cool slightly on a rack. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Each of 10 servings:
257 calories; 4 grams protein; 41 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 9 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 19 mg. cholesterol; 22 grams sugar; 236 mg. sodium.
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