What Is an Easy Recipe for Making Dumplings From Scratch?

Paula Deen offers a quick and easy recipe for homemade dumplings. Mix 2 cups of flour with 1 teaspoon of salt in a mixing bowl. Using your fingers, gradually incorporate 3/4 cup of ice water. Knead the dough, and form a ball. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/8-inch thick, and cut into 1-inch pieces. Pull each piece in half, and drop into simmering soup. Cook three to four minutes, gently stirring so the dumplings cook evenly.

Martha Stewart offers a more sophisticated version of the classic dumpling recipe. Combine 3/4 cup flour, 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped dill, 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in a mixing bowl. Using a fork, gradually stir in 1/2 cup milk until the consistency reaches that of a thick pancake batter. If the batter is too thick, add an additional 2 tablespoons of milk.

In heaping tablespoons, drop the batter into a large pot of simmering liquid. The recipe should produce about 10 heaping tablespoons of batter. Be sure to keep the spoonfuls of batter spaced apart, as the dumplings swell as they cook. Cover the pot, and let the dumplings simmer for about 20 minutes, until they are firm.

Martha Stewart's online dumpling recipe also contains a step-by-step video tutorial.