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Atora Herby Dumpling Mix

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Brand: Atora / Type: Mix

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      17.01.2009 19:11
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      A warming treat on a cold night!

      Dumplings in stew are a very filling and warming addition. I usually make them from scratch with 8oz of flour to 4oz of suet, adding water as needed to make a stiff dough.
      However, because there are only two of us to cook for now, the suet would sometimes go out of date whilst waiting to be used, so I have started to buy this handy packet of mix.

      It costs about 60p for 100g which makes 6 large dumplings. It is fast and easy to make, saves messing with the scales and tastes almost as good as freshly made ones do. I find that they are not as fluffy and light as the ones I make (she says, modestly!) but they are light enough to still be enjoyable.
      The herbs don't predominate but add a subtle fresh flavour.
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      Nutritional values. Per pack of 100g.

      327 Calories
      6.7g of Protein
      43.7g of Carbohydrate
      14g of fat
      2.5g of Fibre
      0.7g of Salt

      They are fairly high in calories because of the suet. I think this is okay once in a while as long as you don't try to live on them!

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      Alternative uses.

      I use the mix for dumplings but it also makes a lovely suet pie crust. You can just follow the mixing instructions and roll it out to cover your pie dish and bake for about 20 minutes on 220c. If you do this, make sure there is extra gravy or sauce in the pie because the pie crust will absorb a lot of it in cooking.

      You can also fashion it around small balls of cheddar cheese and add that to the stew for an extra tasty dumpling. Make sure you cover the cheese well.

      It does make a very tasty top for your pie! I have one cooking in the oven at the moment made with yesterday's left over chicken from the roast. (So I had better hurry up with this review!)

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      Atora dumpling mix is tasty, it's cheap, it's convenient, it has a good shelf life, it's very easy to use.
      The dumplings are not quite as light as home made ones but an acceptable alternative if you want the measuring done for you.

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      The external box is recyclable but I don't think the internal cellophane bag is.

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        25.07.2008 22:59
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        They're really nice and tasty

        I like to make dumplings as an addition to stew as they finish it off nicely. They are particularly nice in chicken stew or a sausage hotpot. I don't normally have time to do it totally from scratch so often go without them but I came across this packet in Tesco's for just 64p for a 180g dumpling mix so I thought it was worth trying. I was a bit dubious about the brand as I hadn't heard of them before but they are actually a very popular brand for things containing suet in the U.K and have been around for about 100 years.

        The box is red with a picture of some dumplings in a stew on it which looks quite appetising and encourages you to buy the product. It also has the Atora logo on it which looks like the flag of Bolivia. On the back there is all the nutritional information and instructions on how to make the dumplings. Inside the box there is a packet of dumpling mixture.

        This mixture makes 8 dumplings and really doesn't take long to make. To get the perfect dumplings, simply:

        Tip the contents of the packet out into a bowl and add 5-6 tablespoons of water.
        Mix it into soft dough
        Divide the dough into 8
        Shape each piece into a ball
        Put the dumplings into the hot stew
        Cover the stew up with a lid
        Leave them there simmering for 15- 20 minutes
        Serve and enjoy


        As you can see it's really easy to make and it took me under 5 minutes to make the dumplings. For those of you who want to know what's in your food, here are the ingredients:

        Self raising flour (wheat flour, raising agents: monocalaium phosphate,, sodium hydrogen carbonate), Vegetable Suet (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Oil, Wheat Flour), Salt, Dried Herbs

        Per 100g the dumpling mixture contains:

        327 Calories
        6.7g of Protein
        43.7g of Carbohydrate
        1.4g of which sugars
        14g of fat
        6g of which saturates
        2.5g of Fibre
        0.7g of Salt

        The dumplings tasted really nice and did a great job of absorbing the stew flavours, they had a wonderful texture as well. They had a wonderfully herby taste which was delicious.

        I really recommend these as they are really great value, fabulous quality and easy and quick to make. I give this product a ten out of ten.

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