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Amy Traverso - Maple Dumplings (Grandpères)

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Food editor Amy Traverso whips up a treat that signals Spring is coming.
Ingredients

INGREDIENTS FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon rum (optional, but recommended)
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt

INGREDIENTS FOR THE DUMPLINGS:

  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Chopped toasted pecans and whipped cream, for garnish

Yields: 6 Servings

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 180°. In a 4- or 5-quart Dutch oven, bring water, syrup, rum, and salt to a low boil over medium heat. Meanwhile, make the dough.

2. Put flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of a food processor, and pulse. Sprinkle in butter cubes and pulse 6 to 8 more times so the mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl and stir in buttermilk until evenly combined.

3. With a spoon, scoop up a walnut-size bit of dough. Drop it into the syrup, then repeat until the pot is two-thirds full (the dumplings expand). Cover the pot, reduce heat to low, and let the dumplings simmer until fluffy and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer the finished dumplings to a large, heat-proof bowl and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining dough. If the syrup gets too thick, add a bit of water to thin it out.

4. Serve the dumplings warm, topped with a drizzle of syrup, some whipped cream and toasted pecans.

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