Easy Golden Syrup Dumplings | Winter Dessert Recipe

Homemade golden syrup dumplings are so simple to make…  you won’t be able to resist the fluffy dumplings smothered in sweet syrup and served with ice-cream or custard. 

A bowl of golden syrup dumplings with ice-cream.

Golden Syrup Dumplings – An Australian Classic Dessert

When the weather is cold outside, nothing… and I mean NOTHING beats a big bowl of hot golden syrup dumplings. Dessert really is the perfect answer to the winter blues.

And this recipe is such a favourite! I’ve based it on a combination of the classic CWA (Country Womens Authority) and Women’s Weekly recipes which are always so delicious. 

Ingredients

To make these classic sweet dumplings, you’ll need 6 basic ingredients

For the dumplings:

For the sweet syrup:

How To Make Golden Syrup Dumplings On The Stove-Top

Step 1 – Make crumbs 

Mix together the self-raising flour and butter until they resemble breadcrumbs.

Butter and self-raising flour in a bowl.

Step 2 – Add the liquid and make a paste

Mix through the milk and golden syrup until the mixture is a thick and sticky paste. 

Golden syrup, milk and self-raising flour in a bowl.

A spoon stirring sweet dumpling mixture.

Step 3 – Bring the syrup to a boil

Heat the water, brown sugar, butter and golden syrup in a saucepan over high heat until it boils, then reduce to a simmer. 

A saucepan with simmering sweet syrup.Step 4 – Cook the dumplings

Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the simmering syrup, cover and leave to cook for 15-20 minutes (or until cooked through). 

Golden syrup dumpling mixture going into a saucepan.

Golden syrup dumplings boiling in a saucepan.

Golden Syrup Substitutes

Golden syrup is a sweet syrup made from sugarcane. It’s readily available in most major supermarkets in the UK and Australia. 

If you can’t buy golden syrup, here’s a few similar ingredients you can substitute it with:

  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • corn syrup

These super easy golden syrup dumplings are sure to become a family favourite! Serve hot with a big scoop of ice-cream for the perfect dessert.

More Delicious Winter Desserts & Puddings

Winter is the perfect excuse to bake (and eat!) ALL of the delicious sweet puddings and comfort desserts. Here’s a few of my favourite recipes:

Or check out my collection of winter dessert recipes…

FAQ

Can you freeze golden syrup dumplings?

No – golden syrup dumplings are served best immediately after cooking. 

Can you make these ahead of time?

These dumplings should be made, cooked and served immediately. 

What can I use instead of golden syrup?

You can substitute golden syrup with honey, maple syrup or corn syrup.

How do I serve these dumplings?

Pour the sweet syrup over the top of fluffy dumplings and serve hot with ice-cream or custard. 

Can I make these if I don’t have a stove-top?

Yes, you can make golden syrup dumplings in the oven or a slow cooker.

 

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These super easy golden syrup dumplings are sure to become a family favourite! Serve hot with a big scoop of ice-cream for the perfect dessert.

Easy Golden Syrup Dumplings

These super easy golden syrup dumplings are sure to become a family favourite! Serve hot with a big scoop of ice-cream for the perfect dessert.
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Baking
Keyword: golden syrup dumplings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 548kcal

Ingredients

Dumplings:

  • 50 g butter
  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup (185g) milk
  • 2 tbs golden syrup

Sweet Syrup:

  • 2 cups water
  • 50 g butter
  • 1/3 cup golden syrup
  • 3/4 cup (150g) brown sugar

Instructions

  • Use your fingers to rub the butter through the self-raising flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. 
  • Add the milk and golden syrup and stir to form a thick paste. 
  • Meanwhile, place the syrup/sauce ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and add spoonfuls of the mixture. 
  • Allow the sauce to come back to a simmer and then cover for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. 

Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
Making the dumplings: Use your fingers to mix the butter through the self-raising flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Use a spoon to mix through the milk and golden syrup until it becomes a thick and sticky mixture. 
Size of dumplings: You can make the dumplings as small or large as you like (please note that they will 'fluff up' due to the self-raising flour. I use a tablespoon and place dollops of the mixture into the simmering syrup. 
Golden syrup substitutes: If you can’t buy golden syrup, you can substitute it with honey, maple syrup or corn syrup. 
How to check if your dumplings are ready: You can test if your dumplings are cooked by inserting a skewer into the middle. If it comes out clean, they're ready.
Serving: These are best served immediately after cooking. Pour the sweet syrup over the top of the fluffy dumplings and serve hot with ice-cream or custard. 

Nutrition

Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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43 thoughts on “Easy Golden Syrup Dumplings | Winter Dessert Recipe”

  1. Abbey says:

    I find I put an egg on the mixture cause I found that they fell apart a bit. I also put a bit of extra water in so they don’t dry out. But best dumpling I’ve made.

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Thanks for your feedback Abbey – I’m so glad you liked them xx

  2. Karen says:

    I find it in the cooking isle in a large jar

  3. iain Gardiner says:

    Great Recipe, thank you!

    When I make these I poke a square of dark chocolate in the middle of each dumpling just prior to cooking.

    As if we need MORE in these, but it certainly adds an extra little surprise to them!

    Warmest, iain

  4. Mike says:

    5 stars
    So going to try these in my field kitchen once I get it set up (hopefully later today, or maybe the weekend). I’m sure they will go great with a pot of coffee and my goat milk cottage cheese!

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Oh delicious!!!!!

  5. Carole Tyzack says:

    Golden syrup is an English thing – it’s simply partially inverted refiners’ sugar and I doubt if you will find it in many countries outside Britain (I live in Italy and I’ve never seen it here. I get my relatives to bring it over when they visit) The most famous brand is Lyle’s Golden Syrup which has a dead lion being eaten by bees on the distinctive green and golden tin and the logo: a biblical quotation: Out of the strong came forth sweetness. Rather macabre, but such a part of our lives growing up that we don’t notice it.
    If you cannot find it, a good substitute is maple syrup – not necessarily the real thing, just one of the pancake syrups you can find more easily in supermarkets will do. Failing that, liquid honey.

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