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Steamed Fruit Dumplings – Recipe and Technique

Ready to serve with butter, sugar, cinnamonThis recipe is a very old favorite of mine.  It reminds me of my grandmother’s cooking days, and my Sunday’s visits to her, with my mom.

These Steamed Fruit Dumplings (called Perizhky, by my grandma), are much simpler to cook now, than in my grandmother’s days.  She used cheesecloth tied around a big pot of hot water, and I use my steamer basket lined with a coffee filter.

I love these fluffy dumplings, because they are so light in texture,  and so delicious,  served with melted butter and sugar.

This recipe makes about 24 dumplings.

Scrumptious steamed dumpling - like a donut without frying


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/4 oz Active Dry Yeast ( 1 package)
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbs lukewarm water
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm milk, scalded
  • Fruit for filling (pitted canned plums, fresh chopped apples, dry prunes, fresh blueberries)
  • Butter, sugar, cinnamon – for serving suggestions


  1. Dissolve the sugar in the lukewarm water.
  2. Sprinkle the yeast over the sugar water.
  3. Let it stand for 10 minutes.
  4. Scald the milk, and cool to lukewarm.
  5. Combine the lukewarm milk with the yeast mixture.
  6. Add the beaten eggs and salt.
  7. Stir in the flour, and mix by hand for 10-15 minutes to form a soft dough.
  8. Cover and let rise in a warm place, until double in bulk (see TIP).

First half of the dough

9.  Cut the dough in 2 equal parts.

Dough roll

10.  On a floured work area, roll one part at a time into a long dough roll,

about 1 1/2 inch in diameter and 15-18 inches long.

Cut up dough roll

11.  Using a knife, cut the dough roll into 1 1/2 inch pieces.

Dough round with filling

12.  Flatten slightly one piece at a time to form a dough round ready for


13.  Place filling in the middle of the round and seal edged together.

Filled dumplings ready to rise again

14.  Form a ball, and place on a floured tea towel, placed over a cookie


15.  Space the dumpling ball apart, so they to not stick as they rise.

16.  Repeat with the remaining dough pieces, and the second half of the


Filled dumplings doubled in bulk

17.  Cover with a another tea towel, keep in a warm place, until double in


18.  Fill a steamer pot with water, at least 1 inch below the steamer basket.

19.  Hang steamer basket over the water, bring to boil.

20.  Place a large coffee filter in the steamer basket.

Duplings ready to steam

21.  Place 2-3 dumplings in the lined steamer basket, do not crowd them.

22.  Cover the pot and continue steaming for 5 minutes.

23.  Uncover.

Colling off steamed dumplings

24.  Using tongs, remove dumplings, one at a time, onto a wire rack to

cool off  slightly.

25.  Repeat the process until all dumplings are steamed.

26.  These may be serves warm with melted butter, and sprinkled with

granulated sugar, or sugar/cinnamon mixture.


TIP: To speed up the process of rising dough, I use a heating pad, turn it on high to heat it up, then leave it on medium, place the bowl of dough on the pad, cover the top of bowl with saran wrap, then tuck it in with towels around and on top, to keep it warm.

Later on, I also place the tray of dumplings on the pad, cover it with a tea towel and keep the pad on warm until all the dumplings are steamed.

5 thoughts on “Steamed Fruit Dumplings – Recipe and Technique”

  1. Diana says:

    I really love your family history and that you have and share family recipes. I also love that you make food from scratch. You’re so inspiring. I’ve been so busy but I do hope that I was by to say Happy NEw Year!! <3

  2. Suburban Grandma says:

    Thank you so much. You are such a sweetheart!!
    Busy, must be the nickname for the New Year, for you and me both. I started a new job and am experiencing an “information overload”, but that is to be expected in today’s fast world.
    Thank you for your valuable time sharing a comment.

  3. Suburban Grandma says:

    Oh well, it’s the thought that counts. Maybe next year you will have more luck. I am keeping mine for another year, since now it is a challenge to see how long I can hold on to it, and how well will it thrive. I must say, it is a big responsibility, and an extra chore for busy people.

  4. Pedro says:

    Surperb recipe, thank you so much. I have tried 1 different recipes for Fruit Dumplings and it came out, really not good. These actually taste amazing. Finishing it off with whipped cream and chocolate sauce 🙂

    Suprising my Czech Girlfriend when she comes next week with a meal and desert, Just cooking the main meal now followed by the dumplings 🙂

    Thank you so much.

  5. Suburban Grandma says:

    I am so pleased to know that you liked it. My mom used to make these for my children all the time, and they loved them.

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