The peach dumplings I make are like no others. When I try to explain the dumplings that are the size of a softball, it’s hard for people to comprehend. Who eats peaches that have been boiled in a jacket of baking powder dumpling dough? But that’s not all people find hard to believe. Once the dumplings have been cooked, they are transferred to large dinner plates, one per person.
Before it can be eaten, the dumpling must be cut into small bite-sized pieces. It completely covers a dinner plate. It’s still not ready to eat, though. First, the peach and dumpling chunks must be covered with a layer of cottage cheese, then smothered with melted butter, and finally, a generous sprinkling of sugar. Then it is ready to eat.
I know it sounds like a crazy concoction. To many, it sounds like dessert. But, my Czech/Bohemian grandmother taught my mom how to make this meal and my mom taught me. It’s my favorite summer treat. Each August I wait for the Colorado peaches to arrive and then the peach dumpling season begins.
I’ve had my last peach dumpling for this year. If you still have some good peaches, you may want to try making a few dumplings. Otherwise, like me, you’ll be anxiously awaiting the next peach dumpling season.
In a glass measure, pour 1/2 cup milk. Add 2 large eggs and whisk together to blend.
In a large mxing bowl, measure 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir to mix. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk and egg mixture. Use a wooden spoon to mix well. Dough will begin to get stiff. If it is very sticky, add a little more flour. The dough should not be sticky, but should still be soft enough to form around a peach.
Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Pat out one piece at a time. Form each piece of dough around a large, ripe peach. The peach must be completely dry. Be sure the peach is sealed well in the dough. Sprinkle some flour on a clean surface. Set the peach dumplings on the flour and cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel. Bring a large covered pot of water to a boil. If you want to cook all 4 dumplings at one time, you will need to have 2 pots of water. When water is boiling hard, gently drop 2 dumplings into each pot. Put the cover on the pot. Set the timer for 20 minutes. Do not take the cover off the pot until the timer rings. Transfer each dumpling to a large dinner plate. Prepare to eat by cutting into small pieces. Spread cottage cheese over the top. Pour melted butter over the cottage cheese. Sprinkle with sugar. Eat. Makes 4 peach dumplings.