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Unlike a baked peach cobbler or an assembled peach shortcake, this peach dessert is topped with lightly sweetened dumplings and then simmered on the stovetop. The concept is very similar to the way beef or chicken stew with dumplings is prepared except these dumplings are sweet.
It's such an easy recipe, you can make it every day during peach season and probably not get tired of it.
Use fresh or thawed frozen peaches in the winter and use more or less sugar depending on the tartness of the fruit and to suit your own taste. If desired, toasted chopped pecans can be added to the dumplings for a nutty flavor.
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter (softened)
- 2 cups hot water
- 2 to 3 cups fresh peaches (or thawed frozen, sliced)
- 1 cup flour (4 1/2 ounces all-purpose)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Optional: 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup milk (or cream, more or less)
- Optional: cinnamon sugar made with 1 to 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon mixed with 1/2 cup white sugar
In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine 1 cup sugar, butter, and hot water. Add the sliced peaches and bring to a boil.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and optional 1 tablespoon of sugar. Stir in milk or cream to form a stiff dumpling-like batter.
Drop large spoonfuls of batter onto the boiling fruit.
Cover the pan and cook for about 20 minutes.
Spoon out dumplings and fruit into individual serving bowls.
If desired, sprinkle with a little cinnamon sugar (store any leftovers in a covered container at room temperature) and serve with heavy cream (whipped or as is) or ice cream.
Instead of making this dessert in a saucepan, choose a casserole dish that can go from stovetop to tabletop for a pretty presentation.
Add 1/2 cup of finely chopped toasted pecans to the flour mixture for the dumplings.
Replace the peaches with fresh apricots, nectarines, or plums.
Other Ways to Use Fresh Peaches
If you are looking for a dumpling stuffed with fresh peaches, plums, or other fruit, Hungarians and Croatians are fond of enrobing pitted and peeled whole pieces of fruit in a sweet dough and then boiling them.
Another popular European treat is a refreshing cold fruit soup made with peaches, strawberries, cherries, or other fruits.