I’ll often make a single suet dumpling in a mug if I fancy a quick snack, or want to make a dumpling to serve with a beef stew, chicken stew, or even with savoury mince. One dumpling takes just 3 minutes in a microwave and cooking a dumpling in a mug is just one of the ways I make a dumpling.
I keep a nice, large, wide mug just for this purpose.
To make a suet dumpling mix you mix self raising flour and suet in a 2:1 ratio by weight, with a pinch of salt. Then just add water. What I don’t want to do is to weigh this out each time just to make a single dumpling, so I do keep an airtight container in the cupboard of dumpling mix that I make up in one go and just scoop out a heaped tablespoon of dumpling mix when I want some.
If you want to weigh out and make one dumpling, this is the method:
- Using digital scales, put a mug on the scales and set the scale to 0.
- Spoon out 1 rounded tablespoon of self raising flour – see how much that weighs.
- Add half that weight in suet to the flour.
- Add a pinch of salt.
That is your dumpling mix recipe – now simply add cold water very slowly to bring it together into a single suet dumpling. Try to handle the mix as little as possible so the dumpling isn’t overly tight and dense. I use the spoon to do this.
Add gravy to your mug – you can do this with 1 teaspoon of instant gravy granules and boiling water.
To Cook the Suet Dumpling:
- With your single suet dumpling floating in the gravy, cover your mug with a lid, or clingfilm and microwave on full power (800 watts) for 1½ minutes .
- Turn the dumpling over, cover the mug again and microwave for 1½ minutes.
- Check your dumpling by turning it over again – it’s probably cooked already; if it looks like it needs a bit more time, then recover and microwave again for 30-60 seconds.
Now serve your dumpling with your meal!