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My dad used to make me stew when I felt ill complete with dumplings. I recently mentioned to him that I had a slow cooker and was going to try and make a stew in it, so off he went and bought me a packet of dumpling mix :)
The mix bought was by a company called Goldenfry, who I had not heard of before but are a English firm based in Yorkshire. They have apparently been making the mix for over 30 years along with other mixes.
I think it cost my dad about 45p from a local corner shop, so it is probably slightly less in a supermarket.
The packet is a cardboard one which does have a somewhat old fashioned homey look about it, both in print and style. On the box the company states how they have been making the original farmhouse recipe for more than 30 years, along with a stew and dumpling picture.
On the sides of the box are simple and fairly large print to explain nutrional information and ingrdiants which consist of :-
wheat flour, beef fat, hydrogenated vegatable oil, raising agents, whey powder and salt.
There is also a statement from the company that says if you are not totally satisfied you can write to them, which includes the Yorkshire address.
On the back are clear and concise instructions of how to make - basically you mix 75ml of water to the powder and roll them into balls! add to the stew or soup for 30 mins - could not be simpler!
So what to they taste like....................
Well the packet indicates that they are light and fluffy - they are. I was surprised how good they actually were, being so simple to make. They cooked perfectly and were not to heavy that you feel bloated. Each dumpling soaks up some of the stew but still retains it's composure and doesn't go soggy at all - even the next day.
I would definatley recommend these to people and will be stocking up for the winter months!
After reading Foxy Red's review on Goldenfry dumplings I decided to give them a go. Although I've recently mastered Jamie Oliver's beef and ale stew recipe, I can't seem to get the dumpling mix right, so the idea of a mix that you just add water to really appealed to me.
You can buy Goldenfry dumplings in all major supermarkets, I buy mine from Asda for the bargain price of 42p. They come in a yellow cardboard box so they are really easy to spot on the shelf and they're usually located near other home baking products.
To make these dumplings you empty the packet into a mixing bowl and add 75ml of cold water, you then mix it all together with a fork until you have a firm mix. Make sure you don't add too much water though because if you do you'll end up with a slushy mess that you can't do anything with.
Once the mix is ready, flour your fingers and mould the mix into round dumplings - I usually make about six large dumplings out of each mix. Once I've made them I usually put the dumplings into the fridge for 30 minutes because I find they cook better once they've been chilled (but this is just my personal preference, you're not directed to do this on the packet).
I usually prepare my stews in the slow cooker, so I let the dumplings cook for about an hour. However if you've cooked your stew in a conventional cooker then I'd probably add the dumplings for the last 30 minutes of cooking. You can tell when the dumplings are cooked because they expand in size.
I've used this mix a few times and I think the dumplings are exceptionally easy to make. The dumplings are really tasty and moist and they cook really well. I'm also pleased to report that they always stay in tact, they don't fall apart into a big doughy mixture (unlike my homemade dumplings).
I think this is a great product, especially for cooking novices like myself. Five stars!
I love making stews and casseroles and things like that, ever since I treated myself to a slow cooker! They're simple to make but the one thing I am not good at making myself (unlike my Mother) is dumplings! So after a few failed attempts at them I decided to cheat my way through when I spotted this dumpling mix, in Asda costing a mere 42p a box
The mix comes in a yellow box with a photograph of a stew on the front with a few of these dumplings in it. I am told that they are 'Made in Yorkshire, Original, For over 30 years', A Mix For Farmhouse Style Dumplings, Light & Fluffy' and that they are made by Goldenfry. Other information on the box includes being told how to make them, nutritional information and ingredients are given, the size is stated (which in this case is 142g) and contact details for Goldenfry are listed. Open up the box you get a clear plastic bag and the mix is inside. Informative enough packaging this is.
All you do to use the mix which is light and like white flour but of course made from wheat flour, beef fat and vegetable oil (as well as a few other ingredients of course!) is to simply empty the contents of the packet into a mixing bowl, then add 75ml of cold water and mix it together until firm with a fork. Then with floured fingers (cos the mixture is sticky) form into round dumplings and then add to a stew or casserole which is simmering for around 20-30 minutes and until they appear cooked and then serve.
I found these incredibly easy to make up. I made 6 large dumplings but of course you can make them any size you want to. They went into my stew looking anaemic and incredibly doughy and came out slightly brown after soaking up some gravy juice and well firmed and set.
The dumplings didn't fall apart on me either but stayed moist and soft. They tasted wonderful, well seasoned and a little meaty in flavour they really did absorb a lot of the flavour of the meal I had created.
So they look good and taste good and don't take long to cook and I think these are great for us lazy boned people! I like the taste of these and the moistness they have and the fact that unlike when I try to make my own they are not one bit rubbery or melt into my dinner!
Lovely Goldenfry...I'm impressed!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
Energy 343 kcal
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about 42p a box (I got mine in Asda).
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.