Irresistible Raspberry Buttermilk Dumplings Recipe -
Irresistible Raspberry Buttermilk Dumplings Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Irresistible Raspberry Buttermilk Dumplings

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"Wonderful twist on this old fashioned favorite, used for dessert or even breakfast! These buttermilk dumplings are light, fluffy, and full of flavor. The very slight tang of the buttermilk compliments the sweetness of the syrup like raspberry dumpling sauce. We love it warm with vanilla ice cream, or they're even great cold!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    40 mins


  1. In a large pot, combine the raspberries, lemon juice, sugar and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally, but gently so as not to crush the berries.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening using a pastry blender or the tines of a fork until the pieces are no larger than peas. Stir in the buttermilk until the dough comes together. If it seems too stiff, add another splash of buttermilk.
  3. When you lift the lid on the pot, the dumpling sauce should be slightly above the level of the berries. If needed, you can add equal amounts of additional sugar and water to the raspberries. Drop the dumpling dough 1 tablespoon at a time into the boiling sauce. Cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes, then remove the lid, flip the dumplings over and cover again. Cook for another 10 minutes, then remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 14, 2007

This was a huge hit! We forgot to pickup the buttermilk at the store, so we made our own by using cream and putting a couple of teaspoons of vinegar in it. What can I say but WOW!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 12, 2015

i also, started making these before reading all the reviews. i noticed the flour mixture never got to pea sized, and i had to add extra buttermilk to form a dough. holy sweetness batman! although this is delicious, its definatly over-sweet. i would definatly cut down on the sugar, by at least HALF! NO JOKE! when i had my first bowl, i had with vanilla ice cream, and without the ice cream to mellow out the sugar, it would have been too much. i am freezing the juice/berry mixture for pancakes & ice creams for a later date. i would definately make again, but tweak the recipe.

Jul 20, 2007

I had never made dumplings before and really liked these. We had just gathered pick ur own black raspberries from a farm and this was a nice recipe for them. The dumplings were deliciou. My 7 year old son especially liked them. I used the leftover syrup for other things for the rest of the week. Like pancakes or a blueberry dessert and I topped it with my leftover raspberry syrup which I heated up before using. Thanks for the recipe.

Jul 17, 2011

Tasty, but very, VERY sweet. If I make these again, I will cut down on the sugar and add more lemon juice. If the lemon was meant to add any tarness, there isn't nearly enough to do the trick. These are very simple to make. I did need to add some extra buttermilk to make my dumpling dough soft enough. Flipping the dumplings was a little tricky because they were very crowded in the pan.

Aug 04, 2009

This is a very interesting and yummy recipe -- the dumplings are tasty and the berries (I used a mix of raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries) made for a nice dumpling sauce. However, I cut the amount of sugar (used brown sugar instead of white) by about two-thirds, and it was still sickeningly sweet. I'd suggest adding the sugar slowly until you reach the level of sweetness that suits your taste, rather than simply trusting this recipe.

Aug 24, 2009

We loved them. I substituted strawberries, so I had to step the sugar down to 1/2 cup to begin with and sweetened to taste. I would recommend you did the same with the raspberries starting at about 2 cups, because it can easily get too sweet depending on your batch of berries. After the dumplings cooked off I tossed in a handful of fresh slices strawberries into the syrup for texture. I've even made the syrup ahead of time and finished it off in a crockpot before.

Jul 20, 2010

I wish I had read all of the reviews before I made this. I used blackberries which were already very naturally sweet. It turned out delicious, however it was even much to sweet fro my 4 boys. It was like eating dumplings in syrup. The dumplings soaked up allot of the sugar so everything about it was SWEET! I will definately make again but only using half the sugar. Thanks for the great recipe.

Apr 12, 2007

Nice, simple, tasty. I used red raspberries.


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  • Calories
  • 646 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 147.1 g
  • 47%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 6.2 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 177 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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