A recipe dating back to the late 1800’s and again in the great depression when fruit was scarce, Vinegar Dumplings have stood the test of time. As you can see from the recipe below the ingredients are commonly in your household pantry. Some people referred to this recipe as Vinegar Pie but when you look at them, you can see they sure are dumplings. See an excerpt from Christy Jordan’s book Sweetness about this recipe at the end of the post.
Ingredients needed for the Vinegar Dumplings recipe:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Granulated sugar
- All purpose flour
- Baking Powder
How to Make Vinegar Dumplings
Stir together the vinegar, sugar, 1/2 cup butter and one cup of water in a medium size pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt and add 2 tablespoon butter in a medium size mixing bowl.
Cut in the butter until crumbly.
Stir in milk until mixture forms into a dough.
This dough will look like the picture above.
Create spoonful size round balls from the dough and carefully drop in the boiling vinegar mixture.
Simmer until the dumplings are nearly firm. The syrup will also thicken as above. Approximately 10-15 mins.
Serve immediately with syrup and Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 cup Butter (one stick) plus 2 Tablespoons
- 1 cup All purpose flour
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 6 tbsp Milk (any kind you like)
- Combine the vinegar, sugar, one stick of butter and one cup of water in a medium sized pot over medium high heat. Bring this to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the remaining two tbsp of butter until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in the milk and the mixture will form a dough.
- Form 1/2 in to inch size round balls with a spoonfuls of dough and carefully drop them into the simmering liquid. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the syrup thickens and the dumplings become somewhat firm. Serve immediately with the syrup and enjoy!
This recipe can be found in Christy Jordan’s book Sweetness. Here is an excerpt from Sweetness about Vinegar Dumplings:
“I wish I had this recipe when my grandmother Lucille was still alive. She often talked of a vinegar pie that her mother made when they ran out of fruit to bake cobblers. She said her mother always made somethin’ sweet at the end of supper and this was what she made when they used up all their canned and dry fruit. Grandmama described it as tart like a lemon but I would describe it as buttery and tart but more of a dumpling than a pie.”
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