I LOVE old recipes like these old fashioned peach dumplings. They don’t use a pre-made crust, and the flavors are incredible. There’s a reason everyone wants food like Grandma used to make!
What are old fashioned peach dumplings?
To put it simply, old fashioned peach dumplings are peach halves wrapped in a handmade dough, and baked in a sugar water bath to create an ooey gooey sauce.
Old fashioned means from-scratch with no pre-made ingredients, or at least it does to me. I made this recipe using a pamphlet on peaches from the 1940’s and it’s incredible!
Can you use frozen peaches?
Yes! In fact, this is how I made these. I buy fresh peaches in the summer when they’re in season, because the flavor is dramatically different, and I freeze them to use later. I use frozen peaches in my dump and cook peach cobbler, and it turns out perfect every time too.
To use frozen peach halves, make sure they’re peeled, and then place them on a cookie sheet to thaw at room temperature before making your old fashioned peach dumplings.
Can I use canned peaches?
This is one of those things that you can do, but that for the sake of flavor you shouldn’t do. The recipe will work with canned peach halves, but the flavor will be crazy different. Canned peaches have a different flavor and texture than fresh or frozen peaches, while typically maintaining their health benefits.
How to make Old Fashioned Peach Dumplings
- Cut and peel three fresh peaches, and cut them in half, or use six frozen peach halves.
- Make the dough, and then roll it out in a 12×18 inch rectangle.
- Cut the dough into six even-ish squares. I trimmed the edges of mine to make them squares.
- Make the cinnamon sugar mixture to roll the peach halves in.
- In a greased baking dish, place one dough square.
- Roll a peach half into the cinnamon sugar mixture, and then place it on the dough square, flat side down.
- Pinch all four corners into the center of the peach, and squeeze them closed.
- Repeat for the remaining five peach halves, leaving an inch between each dumpling for baking.
- Bring the sugar water to a rolling boil, and then immediately pour over the top of the dumplings.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 40 minutes.
Wait, did you say water bath?
Yeah, that’s what I thought when I made this for the first time. I was absolutely sure it was going to ruin my dumplings and make them super doughy and weird.
This doesn’t happen at all. What does happen, is that it makes this thick, delicious sauce in the bottom of the pan that mixes with the cinnamon and peach juice. The old fashioned peach dumplings stay nice and crispy and aren’t doughy at all.
Make these Old Fashioned Peach dumplings totally from scratch, and you'll understand why recipes Grandma made just taste better!
- (6) fresh or frozen peach halves, peeled
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- FOR THE CINNAMON SUGAR MIX:
- 1/2 teaspoon cinamon
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- FOR THE WATER BATH:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- Preheat your oven to 425.
- If using frozen peaches, allow them to thaw before making your dumplings.
- In a large bowl mix together the flour and salt.
- Using a fork, cut in the shortening until it makes a crumbly mixture.
- In a small bowl, combine the egg yolk, water, and lemon juice.
- Mix the egg mixture into the shortening mixture using a fork.
- Mix until you have a soft dough (you may have to mold a bit with your hands, and not just the fork.)
- Roll your dough out into a 12"x18" rectangle, then cut into 6 even-ish squares. Feel free to trim the dough to make even squares.
- Grease a 9x12 baking dish and place one dough square inside.
- Make the cinnamon sugar mix in a bowl.
- Roll a peach half in the cinnamon sugar mic and place on the dough square, flat side down.
- Pinch all four corners of the dough up to the center of the dumpling. Wet the dough edges if needed to make them stick.
- Repeat five more times.
- Boil the sugar and water until it's a rolling boil, then pour over all the dumplings.
- Place immediately in the oven at bake at 425 for 40 minutes.
- Let them cool for 10 minutes until serving.
- Fresh peaches are best with this, but frozen peach halves work too.
- You can also use canned peach halves but you will sacrifice a ton of flavor.
- These are best served warm with vanilla ice cream!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 524 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 40mg Sodium: 359mg Carbohydrates: 88g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 55g Protein: 5g