For The Dough:
1 cup self-rising flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg
1 tbsp. milk
For The Golden Syrup:
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tbsp. golden syrup (light corn syrup, maple syrup or light treacle syrup may be substituted for the golden syrup)
Juice from 1 lemon
Sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture is fine and crumbly, and make a well in the center. Using a flatbladed knife, stir the combined egg and milk into the flour mixture to form a soft dough.
To make the syrup, put 2 cups water in a large pan with the sugar, butter, golden syrup (or use Light Corn Syrup, Maple Syrup, or Light Treacle Syrup) and lemon juice. Stir over medium heat until combined and the sugar has dissolved.
Bring syrup to a boil, then gently drop dough by tablespoons into the syrup. Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, or until a knife inserted into a dumpling comes out clean. Spoon dumplings onto serving plates and drizzle with the syrup.
Serve the warm dumplings immediately. If desired, serve with whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Makes 4 servings.
Source: Cooking-A Commonsense Guide, Murdoch Books
Date: June 15, 2002