I visited with my mother last weekend and asked if we could make a dessert that was one of my favorites as a child and is one I have not had it a very long time.
It is a recipe my mother remembers her mother making when she was young too.
They called it a “Poor Man’s Recipe” because the ingredients were
nothing special and more than likely in everyone’s pantry.
My mother thought I was crazy when I took a picture of her cookbook, but it’s a treasure.
It’s easily 60 plus years old and is in her handwriting. Amazingly enough it is still in one piece.
The recipe is easy to make. Prepare is ahead and pop it in the oven so it can be served hot for dessert.
1 cup flour
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 cup hot water
1/2 tsp vanilla
In a shallow pan, heat the white sugar stirring occasionally with a fork until it is almost melted stir in brown sugar until well blended and melted.
Add water. The sugars will go hard but continue stirring until it returns to liquid, this will take a few minutes.
Add butter and vanilla. Pour into a medium loaf pan. Set aside while your prepare dumplings. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk until just blended.
Drop spoonful of dumplings into sugar mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven until golden brown.
Spoon into a bowl flipping dumplings over so the sauce is on the top.
Serve hot with, my mother says cream or half and half,
but I love it with vanilla ice cream.
This is a great old recipe with a wonderful new beginning.
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