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Delicious Golden Syrup Dumplings: A Step-by-Step Guide

Embark on a culinary adventure as you learn the art of making delectable golden syrup dumplings. This classic comfort dessert will warm your heart and delight your taste buds with its soft, sweet, and flavorful morsels. Dive into the world of golden syrup dumplings by understanding the essential ingredients, tools, cooking techniques, and presentation styles. Explore different variations to suit your preferences and even learn how to create your own unique recipe.

Ingredients and tools

– 1 1/2 cups (185g) self-rising flour
– 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
– 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
– 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
– 1/2 cup (125ml) water
– 1/2 cup (170g) golden syrup
– 1/3 cup (70g) packed brown sugar
– Whipped cream or ice cream, for serving (optional)

– Large mixing bowl
– Wooden spoon or spatula
– Measuring cups and spoons
– Saucepan with lid
– Steamer rack or plate (optional)


1. Begin by assembling all of your ingredients and tools on a clean and spacious countertop.

2. In the mixing bowl, combine the self-rising flour and granulated sugar. Mix well to ensure there are no lumps and that the sugar is evenly distributed throughout the flour.

3. Add the cold, cubed butter to the bowl. Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to incorporate the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

4. Slowly pour the milk into the flour mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula to form a soft and sticky dough. Be careful not to overmix, as this can lead to dense and heavy dumplings.

5. In a saucepan, combine the water, golden syrup, and brown sugar. Stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture comes to a simmer.

6. While waiting for the syrup mixture to come to a simmer, use floured hands to roll the dough into small balls, approximately the size of a golf ball.

7. Once the syrup mixture is simmering, carefully add the dumplings one by one into the saucepan, leaving enough space between each dumpling for them to expand as they cook.

8. Cover the saucepan with a lid, reduce the heat to low and let the dumplings cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until they have doubled in size and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (Alternatively, if you have a steamer rack or plate, place it over the saucepan and steam the dumplings for the same amount of time.)

9. Once the dumplings are cooked through, carefully remove them from the saucepan with a slotted spoon and transfer them to serving plates.

10. Pour the remaining syrup mixture from the saucepan over the dumplings and serve immediately, topped with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

Enjoy your homemade golden syrup dumplings!

A plate of golden syrup dumplings served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Mixing and forming dumplings

– 1 1/2 cups (225g) self-rising flour
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
– 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
– 4 tablespoons golden syrup

1. Prepare your work surface by lightly dusting it with flour. This will help prevent the dumpling dough from sticking to the countertop.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the self-rising flour and salt. Stir them together using a whisk or fork until they are evenly mixed.
3. Add the chilled, diced butter to the flour mixture. Rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips, until the mixture resembles coarse sand or breadcrumbs. Keep doing this until all the butter is well incorporated and distributed throughout the flour.
4. Once the butter is evenly mixed in, make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the milk and 2 tablespoons of golden syrup into the well.
5. Using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, gently mix the milk and golden syrup into the flour mixture. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in tough dumplings. Mix until a soft, sticky dough forms.
6. If the dough appears too dry, add a bit more milk, a tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky but still able to hold its shape.
7. Now it’s time to form the dumplings. There are a few methods you can use, such as using your hands or a spoon.
– Using your hands: Lightly dust your hands with flour, then take a small amount of the dough (about the size of a golf ball) and gently roll it between your hands to form a ball. Place the dumpling on a tray or plate lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining dough, making sure to leave some space between each dumpling as they will expand during cooking.
– Using a spoon: You can also use a spoon to scoop and shape the dough into dumplings. Simply scoop out a spoonful of dough and use another spoon to gently shape it into a ball. Transfer the dumpling to a tray or plate lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining dough.
8. Your dumplings are now ready to be cooked in your preferred golden syrup sauce. Enjoy your delicious homemade golden syrup dumplings!

An image of hands mixing together flour, salt, butter, milk and golden syrup to create a dough for dumplings, followed by a photo of hands using a spoon to scoop and shape the dough into balls.

Preparing the sauce


  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of golden syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Gather all the ingredients:
  2. Before you start, make sure you have all the required ingredients at hand. This will make the process smoother and more efficient.

  3. Combine the water, brown sugar, and golden syrup:
  4. In a medium-sized saucepan, add 1 cup of water, 1 cup of brown sugar, and 1/4 cup of golden syrup. Golden syrup has a rich, buttery flavor and a thick consistency that will add a delicious sweetness to your sauce.

  5. Heat the mixture:
  6. Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir the ingredients to combine them well. Continue stirring until the sugar dissolves completely, and the mixture starts to gently boil.

  7. Add the butter:
  8. Once the mixture has come to a gentle boil, add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and a pinch of salt. Stir until the butter melts completely and is well incorporated into the sauce. The butter will add a rich, creamy texture and a slight saltiness that will balance the sweetness of the syrup.

  9. Simmer the sauce:
  10. Reduce the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer gently for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the saucepan. This will help the sauce to thicken slightly and develop a deeper flavor. Be careful not to overcook the sauce, as this can cause it to become too thick and sticky.

  11. Add the vanilla extract (optional):
  12. If you prefer a hint of vanilla in your sauce, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract towards the end of the simmering process. Stir the sauce well to incorporate the extract evenly.

  13. Adjust the consistency and flavor:
  14. If the sauce is too thick for your preference, you can thin it by adding a tablespoon of water at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. Similarly, if you’d like a stronger flavor, you can add a little more golden syrup or sugar to taste. Keep in mind that the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

  15. Use the sauce with your dumplings:
  16. Your delicious golden syrup sauce is now ready to be used with your dumplings. You can either pour the sauce over your cooked dumplings or serve it as a side for dipping.

An image of a plate of warm, freshly baked dumplings being served with a golden syrup sauce that has been poured over the top. The sauce is thick, dark brown in color, has a shiny texture and has a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Cooking techniques

Golden syrup dumplings are a delectable dessert that combines fluffy dumplings with a sweet, sticky golden syrup sauce. The perfect comfort food, these dumplings can be steamed or boiled to achieve the desired level of tenderness, while still maintaining their enticing flavor. Follow these instructions to learn the best way to cook golden syrup dumplings.Ingredients:
For the dumplings:
– 1 1/2 cups of self-rising flour
– 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
– A pinch of salt
– 1/4 cup of milk
– 2 tablespoons of melted butter

For the golden syrup sauce:
– 1 1/4 cups of boiling water
– 3/4 cup of golden syrup
– 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
– 1 tablespoon of melted butter1. Begin by preparing the dumpling batter. In a large mixing bowl, combine the self-rising flour, granulated sugar, and a pinch of salt. Mix together until evenly blended.2. Add the milk and melted butter to the flour mixture, and stir gently until a soft dough forms. Be careful not to overmix, as this may cause the dumplings to become tough.3. Roll the dough into small balls, roughly the size of a golf ball. Set the dumplings aside while you prepare the sauce.4. To start making the golden syrup sauce, combine the boiling water, golden syrup, granated sugar, and melted butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.5. Stir the sauce constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce reaches a simmer.6. Carefully place the dumplings into the simmering sauce, making sure they are partially submerged. Reduce the heat slightly, and cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.7. Steam or gently boil the dumplings for roughly 20-25 minutes, or until they are cooked through and no longer sticky in the middle. Avoid lifting the lid during the cooking process, as this will release vital steam needed to properly cook the dumplings.8. To test whether a dumpling is ready, insert a skewer through the center. If it comes out clean, the dumplings are fully cooked.9. Once the dumplings are cooked to perfection, gently lift them out of the sauce using a slotted spoon. Plate them directly onto serving dishes.10. Spoon the remaining golden syrup sauce over the dumplings, ensuring they are well-coated and glossy.11. Serve the golden syrup dumplings warm, accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream if you wish.By following these instructions, you’ll be able to cook delicious golden syrup dumplings that are tender and perfectly cooked. Enjoy your dessert!

The image is of a plate of golden syrup dumplings with a shiny syrup coating, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Presentation and serving

Choose the Right Dish

Select an appropriately sized, shallow serving dish that will hold the dumplings comfortably without overcrowding. A white or light-colored dish will provide a nice contrast to the golden brown color of the dumplings and syrup.

Arrange the Dumplings

Carefully remove the cooked dumplings from the saucepan with a slotted spoon, allowing any excess syrup to drain off. Arrange the dumplings in your serving dish in a circular pattern, leaving a small space in the center for a garnish or additional syrup.

Drizzle with Syrup

Spoon some of the warm golden syrup mixture over the dumplings, ensuring each dumpling is glazed with a generous amount of syrup. Be sure to save some syrup to serve on the side or for guests to drizzle on top as desired.


To enhance the visual appeal of your dish, consider adding a garnish in the center of the dumplings. This could be a small heap of fresh berries, a sprig of mint, or a light dusting of powdered sugar.

Serving Accompaniments

Golden syrup dumplings pair well with a variety of accompaniments to balance out their sweetness. Offer a selection of whipped cream, ice cream, or custard for guests to choose from. You can also provide small dishes to serve the accompaniments in or encourage guests to add a scoop directly on top of their dumplings.

Serving Suggestions

When it comes time to serve your golden syrup dumplings, use a flat spatula to carefully lift each dumpling from the serving dish. Be sure to include some of the syrup from the bottom of the dish as you transfer the dumpling to a dessert plate.

Individual Plates

Plate the golden syrup dumplings individually on small dessert plates. Add a scoop of the chosen accompaniment to the side or atop each dumpling. Drizzle additional golden syrup over the top if desired.

Offer Extra Syrup

Place the remaining golden syrup in a small pitcher or gravy boat, and pass it around for guests to add more to their dumplings as desired.


Encourage guests to savor their beautifully presented golden syrup dumplings with their choice of accompaniment, and enjoy the delicious combination of flavors and textures.

Golden brown dumplings floating in a sea of warm golden syrup, with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprig of mint on top.

Different variations

Golden syrup dumplings are a delicious, warm, and comforting dessert. The traditional recipe involves making a sweet dough and cooking it in a rich golden syrup sauce. In this guide, we will explore different variations of golden syrup dumplings by adding lemon zest, ginger, or cinnamon to the dough, and using alternative syrups like maple or caramel. So let’s get started!Basic Dough Recipe: – 2 cups self-rising flour- 1/4 cup sugar- 3/4 cup milkSauce:- 1 cup golden syrup (or maple syrup or caramel syrup)- 1 cup water- 1/4 cup sugar- 2 tbsp butterVariations:1. Lemon Zest Dumplings- Add 1 tbsp fresh lemon zest to the basic dough recipe.2. Ginger Dumplings- Add 1 tsp ground ginger or 1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger to the basic dough recipe.3. Cinnamon Dumplings- Add 1 tsp ground cinnamon to the basic dough recipe.Instructions:1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the self-rising flour, sugar, and chosen variation ingredient (lemon zest, ginger, or cinnamon). Mix well.2. Gradually add the milk to the dry ingredients, stirring until a soft dough forms.3. In a large saucepan, combine the golden syrup (or maple syrup or caramel syrup), water, sugar, and butter. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted. Bring the sauce to a simmer.4. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into the simmering sauce. Be sure not to overcrowd the saucepan, as the dumplings will expand as they cook.5. Cover the saucepan and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through (you can test this by inserting a toothpick into a dumpling; it should come out clean).6. Carefully remove the dumplings from the saucepan and transfer them to serving plates.7. Pour the remaining sauce over the dumplings and serve immediately. Enjoy your delicious and warm golden syrup dumplings with a twist!Note: You can further customize your golden syrup dumplings by serving them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat.

A picture of golden syrup dumplings with sauce and a variation topped with whipped cream.

Storage and reheating

Proper storage and reheating of your golden syrup dumplings are essential to maintain their texture and flavor. Follow these simple steps to ensure your leftovers taste just as amazing as when you first made them.


  1. Allow the golden syrup dumplings to cool to room temperature. It is important to let the dumplings cool down completely before storing them to avoid condensation, which can make them soggy.
  2. Once the dumplings have reached room temperature, transfer them to an airtight container, preferably made from glass or BPA-free plastic. Be sure to separate each layer of dumplings with wax paper or parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together.
  3. Pour the remaining golden syrup sauce over the dumplings, ensuring they are well coated. This will help to preserve their moist, tender texture.
  4. Seal the container tightly and store it in the refrigerator. Your golden syrup dumplings should remain fresh for up to three days in the fridge.


When you’re ready to enjoy your golden syrup dumplings again, follow these steps for a delicious, reheated treat.

Option 1 – Oven Reheating:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Transfer the dumplings and syrup to an oven-safe baking dish.
  3. Cover the dish with aluminum foil to prevent the dumplings from drying out.
  4. Heat the dumplings in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated through and the golden syrup is bubbling.
  5. Remove the dumplings from the oven, and serve immediately with your choice of ice cream or whipped cream.

Option 2 – Microwave Reheating:

  1. Place the golden syrup dumplings and syrup in a microwave-safe dish.
  2. Cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid or plate to help retain moisture.
  3. Heat the dumplings on medium power for 1-2 minutes, checking after 30-second intervals to ensure they don’t overheat.
  4. Once the dumplings are heated through and the syrup is warm, remove them from the microwave, and serve immediately with your choice of ice cream or whipped cream.

Remember to always store and reheat your golden syrup dumplings with care to enjoy their delightful taste and texture to the fullest.

A picture of a delicious dessert of golden syrup dumplings in a sweet syrup sauce, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Troubleshooting common issues

If your dumpling dough is too tough, it may be due to overmixing or using too much flour. Overmixing the dough can create excess gluten, leading to a tougher texture. To fix this issue, try the following:

  • Use a light hand when mixing the dough and only mix until combined. It’s important not to overwork the dough.
  • Measure your flour carefully and consider sifting it before adding it to your dough to prevent adding too much.
  • Add a small amount of milk if your dough is too dry. This can help soften the dough and give it a smoother texture.

Undercooked dumplings can be due to a few different factors, such as not cooking them long enough, the sauce not being hot enough, or overcrowding the pan. If you find that your dumplings are undercooked, try the following tips:

  • Increase the simmering time for your dumplings by a few minutes, making sure to cover the pan with a lid.
  • Ensure that your sauce is simmering gently before adding the dumplings. The heat from the sauce is essential in cooking the dumplings all the way through.
  • Avoid overcrowding the pan, as this can cause the dumplings to steam rather than simmer in the sauce. If necessary, cook your dumplings in batches.

A sauce that is too thick can be easily remedied by adding more liquid. Follow these steps to fix a thick sauce:

  • Gradually add small amounts of water or milk to your sauce, stirring well until you reach the desired consistency.
  • If the sauce has become too sweet, you can balance it out by adding a small amount of lemon juice or vinegar.
  • If the sauce thickens too much while your dumplings are cooking, you can add more liquid and gently reheat the sauce before serving.

If your sauce is too thin, there are a few techniques you can use to thicken it:

  • Combine a small amount of cornstarch with water to create a slurry, then stir it into your sauce. Simmer the sauce until it reaches your desired thickness.
  • Alternatively, you can simmer the sauce for a longer time to reduce and evaporate some of the liquid, resulting in a thicker consistency.
  • Ensure that you are using the correct ratio of ingredients for your sauce recipe. Too much liquid can lead to a thinner sauce.

A plate of golden brown dumplings soaked in syrup.

Pairing with drinks

Golden syrup dumplings are a deliciously comforting dessert, typically consisting of fluffy dumpling dough cooked in a sweet, sticky syrup. The rich, warm flavors of this classic dish make it an excellent contender for pairing with a variety of beverages. From hot drinks that will enhance the comforting aspect of the dish to cold drinks that will refresh the palate, there are many options for you to choose from to create the perfect pairing. Here are a few suggestions for beverages to enjoy with golden syrup dumplings.1. Hot Tea: A steaming cup of tea is a classic pair with any warm dessert. For golden syrup dumplings, consider choosing a robust black tea, such as English Breakfast, Earl Grey, or Assam. The bold flavor of these teas will help to cut through the sweetness of the dessert and cleanse the palate between bites. For a more subtle flavor, you might also try a fragrant Darjeeling or an aromatic green tea.2. Coffee: A cup of freshly brewed coffee can also work well with golden syrup dumplings, as the bitterness of the coffee will help to balance the sweetness of the dish. Choose a medium to dark roast for a more intense flavor that will stand up to the rich taste of the dessert. You can also consider pairing with an espresso, as the concentrated flavor will match well with the dessert’s intensity.3. Cold Drinks: If you’d prefer a colder beverage, consider serving a cold glass of milk or a milk alternative, such as almond or oat milk, alongside your golden syrup dumplings. The creaminess of the milk will complement the dessert’s richness, and the coolness of the drink can be a refreshing contrast to the warm dessert.4. Sparkling Water: For a non-alcoholic refresher, sparkling water with a hint of citrus can be a great palate cleanser between bites of golden syrup dumplings. Lemon, lime, or grapefruit-infused sparkling water will provide a refreshing balance to the sweetness of the dessert, helping to keep your taste buds from getting overwhelmed.5. Dessert Wine: A sweet dessert wine can be a lovely pairing for golden syrup dumplings, enhancing the dish’s rich flavors. Look for a late harvest dessert wine, such as a Sauternes, Tokaji, or a late harvest Riesling. These wines have a high level of sugar and acidity, making them a delicious accompaniment for sweet, syrupy dishes like golden syrup dumplings.6. Port or Sherry: A fortified wine, such as port or sherry, can also make for a delightful pairing with golden syrup dumplings. Tawny port, for example, has a rich, nutty flavor that can complement the dessert’s caramelized syrup, while a sweet sherry, like Pedro Ximénez, will offer a balanced sweetness and acidity to match the dish.By carefully selecting the right beverage to pair with your golden syrup dumplings, you will be able to create a satisfying and luxurious dining experience that highlights the best aspects of both the dessert and the drink. Experiment with different combinations and discover your personal favorite pairing — a warming dessert like golden syrup dumplings deserves the perfect accompaniment!

Golden syrup dumplings are small, soft, and covered in syrup.

Developing your own recipe

Developing Your Own Unique Golden Syrup Dumplings Recipe

Golden syrup dumplings are a delectable dessert that originated in Australia and have since become a favorite dish among dessert lovers worldwide. This guide will help you learn how to develop your very own unique golden syrup dumplings recipe by experimenting with various ingredients, cooking techniques, and presentation styles. Get ready to unleash your creativity and satisfy your sweet tooth!

Step 1: Research and Understand the Key Components

To create your own golden syrup dumplings recipe, start by understanding the core components that make up the traditional dish. These key ingredients typically include:

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Golden syrup

Step 2: Experiment with Flavors and Ingredients

Once you have a basic understanding of the key components, it’s time to start experimenting with different flavors and ingredients that might complement or enhance the traditional recipe. Some ideas you might consider adding are:

  • Spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, or ginger to add depth of flavor.
  • Zest and juice from oranges or lemons to add brightness and tartness.
  • Chopped nuts such as almonds or pecans for a bit of crunch.
  • Chocolate chips or cocoa powder for a chocolate twist.
  • Dried fruits like currants or raisins for added texture.

When testing out new flavors and ingredients, adjust the amounts of each addition until you reach the desired taste and consistency.

Step 3: Experiment with Cooking Techniques

Another way to customize your golden syrup dumplings recipe is by experimenting with different cooking techniques. The traditional cooking method is to steam or simmer the dumplings in a syrup mixture, but you can also try:

  • Baking the dumplings in the oven for a crispier exterior.
  • Preparing the dumplings in a slow cooker for a longer cooking time and softer texture.
  • Steaming the dumplings in a bamboo steamer or steaming basket, possibly adding fragrant ingredients to the steaming water for added aroma and flavor.
  • Frying the dumplings in a shallow pan for a crunchy exterior.

Step 4: Presentation and Garnishes

Once you have developed your unique golden syrup dumplings recipe, consider experimenting with different presentation styles and garnishes to make them extra special. Some ideas include:

  • Plating your dumplings on a bed of fresh berries or sliced fruit.
  • Drizzling your dumplings with a different syrup, such as chocolate or caramel.
  • Adding a dollop of whipped cream, ice cream or custard alongside your dumplings.
  • Dusting your dumplings with powdered sugar or cocoa powder.
  • Garnishing your dumplings with mint leaves or edible flowers for an added touch of elegance.

Step 5: Test and Adjust Your Recipe

Developing your very own golden syrup dumplings recipe is all about trial and error. Be sure to taste-test your creations and adjust as needed. Take notes of the changes you make and experiment with different variations until you find the perfect combination of ingredients, techniques, and presentation that fits your style and palate.

Conclusion: Developing your very own unique golden syrup dumplings recipe may require some patience and willingness to experiment, but the end result will be well worth it. With time, persistence, and creativity, you can create a delightful dessert that’s truly your own. Happy cooking and enjoy your scrumptious golden syrup dumplings!

A picture of golden syrup dumplings with a shiny golden syrup coating and a side of vanilla ice cream.

By mastering the various aspects of golden syrup dumplings, you will have a delicious dessert that not only impresses your family and friends but also satisfies your sweet cravings. From pairing with drinks to troubleshooting common issues, this comprehensive guide will make you a skilled golden syrup dumplings maker. So, put on your apron, gather your ingredients, and start creating mouthwatering golden syrup dumplings that will be remembered and cherished for a long time.

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