donna morales Recipe

Chicken and Cloud-Tender Dumplings

By donna morales Donnald07

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donna's Story

Recipe I got out of a cookbook that has recipes from the 1800's when all they had to cook on was a fireplace. They were modernized and the fireplace method of cooking them are printed in there also. Such an interesting book.


4 pound stewing chicken, cleaned and disjointed
1 tsp
2 c
all purpose flour
2 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
1/4 c
1/2 c
plus1 tablespoon milk
reserved chicken broth

Directions Step-By-Step

Place the chicken in heavy pot filled with enough water to cover the chicken. Add salt. Boil till chicken is very tender.
Take chicken out and save broth for the dumplings. When the chicken is cooled remove the skin and all bones. Cover chicken to keep from drying out.
Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Cut the shortening in till the mixture is the size of peas. Add milk, then knead till you get a stiff dough.
Roll out on floured board to a 1/4 " thickness. Cut 1x2" strips with a sharp knife. Shake excess flour off.
Place the pot of reserved broth back onto heat and bring it to a rolling boil. A little water may be added if needed. Hurriedly drop the dough strips in the boiling broth, one by one, closing the lid after each addition to as little steam escape as possible. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes keeping a tight lid on pot. DO NOT open the lid. Air will make the dumplings fall.
Serve piping hot in soup bowls along with the reheated chicken.
Place a fat hen dressed and properly cleaned in Dutch oven or hanging pot after it is disjointed, and barely cover with salted water. Simmer slow until meat falls from bones. Remove from fire, skim and save fat; take out undesireables. Remove chicken from broth. Set aside

Make dumplings with a pint of flour having proper baking powder and salt, add an egg-size lump of shortening and with a fork, make same into crumbs. Proceed for a stiff dough with a little milk and roll on floured board to less than 1/4 biscuit thickness. Cut in short strips with sharp knife, flour good, and shake off surplus.

Put Dutch oven with chicken broth back to fire rather hot, and when at full boil, fast drop each strip into liquid and quickly cover pot. Simmer slow about 40 minutes. Do not peek. Keep top closed tight or dumplings will fall.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Other Main Dishes
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  • Comments

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    Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Sep 27, 2011
    Mmmm good! This is how I make mine and I add celery, onion and thin sliced carrots to mine. I love me some Chicken and Dumplings! How are you?
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    Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Sep 27, 2011
    And, if I had to, I could cook these in our fireplace. Jimmy built the fireplace from an 1840's design. Neat!
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    donna morales Donnald07 - Sep 27, 2011
    Hey DeeDee,
    I def want to try this one for big daddy too. That's so cool that you have a fireplace. always wanted to have one, but never did. Do you use it much during the winter? I am going to be posting more recipes from this cookbook so it may give you a few things to choose from which will be nice.

    Been busy taking care of 5 dogs from next door while the neighbors were on vacation. The big one that stays outside, got a hold of a big black snake yesterday. I was freakin out Was watching from my window. That snake kept trying to get the dog and it ended up killing the snake. Was so afraid the snake was going to get it and kill the dog. It wasn't a poisonous snake thank God. It was one of those big rat snakes.

    Glad they came back home yesterday and I don't have to worry about caring for them anymore though. Am getting ready to do some exercise while supper is cooking. Just making some turkey and rice in the oven. Simple meal tonight. Got up too early and I'm still tired. Hate those days when I feel draggy.

    How are you doing? I bet you got a million things done before noon haven't you? hehe Alright Dee going get some exercise in, before I change my mind. See you on here later gator. :D
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    Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Sep 27, 2011
    I would have freaked out too!! Glad the dog wasn't hurt and glad their on someone elses watch not!

    I did most of my work yesterday. Been doing fun stuff today. I made up the bed, made breakfast, washed dishes (by hand, I don't have a dish washer here), mixed up Pat Duran's Bisquick mix (I needed all-purpose baking mix for cake I baked) went to town with Jimmy to run a few errands, put Iron Skillet Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake in oven, washed dishes again, made pimento cheese for sandwich we had for lunch, sampled cake and picked a little okra.

    This fireplace is so nice. The wall its on, is all stone (Jimmy built that too). We use the fireplace to heat the house. Once it get going, it heats the stone wall and keeps things pretty warm.

    We're in the woods and if things get icy and limbs break and hit power lines, we could be without power for days, so yes we have cooked in it too.

    Nice way to survive power

    I may go for a nature walk with my dogs in a little while.

    Have a great day!