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Banana Brown Sugar Dumplings #uglybutdelicious

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Serves | Prep Time 15 | Cook Time 10

Why I Love This Recipe

This bake was one very close to my heart.

My parents (like all parents) were fighting a losing battle to get us kids to eat fruit and veg... I really dug my heels in when it came to greens, but I never had any objections to banana, not because I liked bananas in particular, but because it always came cut up in little pieces with a sprinkle of brown sugar on top. Admittedly, not the healthiest of things to do to a fruit, but it got us to eat it! Maybe mum should have tried that trick on my peas as well....

So these are a little, okay, a lot further towards unhealthy than a fresh banana with a little sugar on top, but my god are they yummy! They’re soo good in fact that I've had to implement a new rule.... No baking when hungry!! I ate waay too much batter, and then waay too many dumplings. I don't think I'll be needing dinner tonight!

Ingredients You'll Need

2 1/2 cups brown sugar
750ml water
60g butter

1 1/4 cups self-raising flour
40g butter (small cubes)
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
2 large bananas (mashed)


In a medium mixing bowl, combine caster sugar and sifted flour.

Using your fingertips, rub 40g butter into your dry ingredients until thoroughly combined and mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Combine egg and milk into a glass or small bowl and whisk together with a fork until thoroughly combined (there are no egg streaks through the milk).

Create a well in the centre of your mixing bowl, pour in your egg/milk mixture and mashed banana, and combine to form a soft batter.

Place brown sugar, water and 60g butter in a large saucepan (at least 20cm diameter).
Stir occasionally over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved, and the butter is melted.

Bring syrup to the boil and immediately lower to a simmer.

Using two dessert-spoon, gently drop spoonfuls of batter into the simmering syrup, I would suggest a maximum of two dumplings at a time.

Leave dumplings to simmer for 10 minutes, then flip them over and cook for another 10 minutes.

Plate dumplings into a shallow bowl, spoon syrup over the top and serve hot!

These little babies don't re-heat well, so I would suggest making them as needed.

Pairs Well With

Ice Cream

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