Spiced Golden Syrup Dumplings

Golden Syrup DumplingsEasy and tasty, this recipe will warm the cockles of your heart on cold days and quickly become a family favourite.

Serve with a good quality vanilla ice cream, custard or double cream.





serves 4


  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 to 2 tbsp shaved fresh ginger
  • 2 cinnamon quills
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom


  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp butter – melted
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • small amount of milk


  • Pot or microwave dish
  • Sieve
  • Bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Dessert spoons
  • Oven
  • One large oven proof dish


  1. Pre-heat oven on 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Combine sauce ingredients and place either on stove or in microwave until butter melted and water hot enough to melt sugar. Allow flavours to infuse for 5 minutes (see photo).
  3. Combine all dumpling ingredients; add milk until dough is firm and sticky (see photo).
  4. Strain out ginger and cinnamon from sauce mix and pour into ovenproof bowl.
  5. Use dessert spoons to scoop dumpling dough and place rough ball shapes into dish. Dumpling mix should float on top of sauce (see photo).
  6. Place into oven and cook for 20 minutes or until top is golden and crispy.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Serve while hot with ice cream, custard and/or double cream.

Variations and notes

  • The uncooked sauce mix and dumpling mix can be prepared separately before time and refrigerated. Assemble before baking.
  • Remove spices (cinnamon, ginger and cardamom) if you prefer plain sauce.
  • This dish does not keep well (dumplings become very hard). Eat once cooked and dispose of the leftovers.


dumpling dough

dumpling sauce

dumplings before cooking

cooked dumplings