doughboys and do-overs

I love beginning.

I love the letter A, monday, the number one, a new moon, the first slice off a loaf of bread but most of all I love a new year. I get to try again.

My obsession with cooking is a metaphor for my life. I repeat a recipe over and over until I get it perfect. I’ve been working on this recipe called life for as long as I can remember and every January I get an automatic do-over. A chance to fix things. Nothing’s broken but nothings perfect.

My ingredients are good. It’s my technique and timing that needs work. I remain hopeful…

I also love doughboys more commonly known as dumplings. It’s the old ‘because that’s what my mother called them’ thing… Mom serves them on beef stew. When I was little, I’d have rathered had doughboys than the stew. Truth be known, I still would!

I’m serving them with a thick turkey and vegetable soup but it’s really all about the doughboys.


Makes 6 large

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Enough milk to make a stiff batter – about 10 tablespoons

Mix ingredients together

Drop by tablespoons onto hot simmering soup and leave for 5 minutes, uncovered

Cover pot and cook doughboys another 15 minutes

Uncover pot, ladle soup into serving dishes and top with a doughboy.

THE LOVE: Make sure that the soup or stew is barely simmering so that the doughboys have the perfect cooking conditions to rise properly.

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one year ago: pork chops in green peppercorn cream sauce

  • Meggie

    I love the dough boys best too!

    • I know…xo

      • Anonymous

        Iam from Scotland and I am sure my mother made them with self raising flour but put some suet into the mix too…?

        • She could have but that’s not a recipe I’m familiar with. if you find your mom’s, please share!

  • Diana

    My mother also made doughboys on a big pot of stewed blueberries. We would all go as a family picking blueberries for the day then she would treat us that night to blueberries and dough boys. YUM

  • dough boys has to do with warm love and memories -they are also my favorite.

  • Jeannie

    My poor mother was admittedly not much of a cook, but she made an awesome beef stew, and the fluffy, light dumplings were my favourite part. Now I make that same stew on cold days, and it is THE best comfort food ever, and always makes me remember her.

  • David D.

    I too love the dough boys better than the stew!

  • Kinny Lynne Emaline Newman

    Thanks Michelle….I just made them atop my homemade turkey/Marmite soup :)…We Newfoundlanders (although I reside in Connecticut) call them mom makes them..tried to talk me through it a few months ago on the phone…she had no measurements..I managed to create them even though we were laughing so hard on the phone I was sure I’d never get through it..Now, thanks to you, I have a winning, no guess, DB recipe (one that uses milk-not water-yummy!!) Eating them transports me back to my wonderful childhood…so again..Thank you!