These strawberry dumplings are an old, old recipe that my grandmother and aunt made when my mother was just a little girl. My grandparents were farmers raising 11 children and times were hard for a lot of folks back then, but they always had plenty of butter and cream and they grew strawberries, so this was a special treat that was fairly easy for them to have. This would definitely be a recipe Julia Child would approve of since it uses her two favorite ingredients. There are no substitutions for the butter and cream either. You can make these with other fruit...blackberries, peaches, blueberries, even apple slices would be good. This is what you will need for these:
2 1/2 cups biscuit mix (like Bisquick)
3/4 cup cold water
4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
8 Tbs. butter, divided
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
2 cups heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the biscuit mix and water and roll into a ball. Place on a floured surface.
Divide the ball into 8 equal pieces.
Roll each piece into a circle. Place 1/ 2 cup strawberries, 1 Tbs. butter and 2 Tbs. sugar on top of the berries.
Wet the dough around the edges just a little and pinch each 'dumpling' up into a little purse. Place seam side up in a greased 9"x13" baking dish.
Pour the 2 cups of cream over and around the dumplings. Sprinkle each with 1 more tablespoon of sugar. Place in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour uncovered. Half way through the baking time, remove from the oven and dip some of the cream up and pour back over the tops of each dumpling. This keeps them from drying out and makes the tops nice and brown.
Remove from oven and serve with ice cream, whipped cream or just like this! These are just delicious!