The creators of Daring Bakers have launched their new website - thedaringkitchen.com - and with it a new group called the Daring Cooks. As Randi already partakes in the Daring Bakers, I thought it only right to join this new group. Fun!
This month's challenge was to make traditional dumplings. Jen of Use Real Butter was the host and did a great job explaining the process and coaching the novice through. And trust me, we where novices...Her wrap up and the recipe here.
I have been making sushi by hand for years, but never ventured into dumpling making. They always intimidated me a little, so I am incredibly appreciative of this challenge! Although I had grand ambitions to make one batch of shrimp/pork dumplings and one batch of potato-leek dumplings, we ran out of steam after the first ones were done and couldn't wait to dig in.
The dough was really tough (as she warned) but did soften up a smidge after sitting for 15 minutes. Next time I will add a bit more water to the dough. Because they were so tough, it was a little hard to roll them into nice circles for the wrappers. Andrew did the pleating and did the best with what he had. Besides the fact that they weren't quite as pretty as some of the others (I think these things take practice), they sure did taste great! I can't wait to experiment with other flavor combinations. Thanks again Jen!