Wild Grape Recipe Adds Dumplings

Pioneer cook shares her dumplings and wild grape recipe.

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This wild grape recipe came from my neighbor, a pioneer cook, who got it from an Indian woman.

"Take two cups of wild grapes after stems have been removed. Cover with water and boil about 15 minutes or until juice has been extracted. Remove from fire and strain. Add one cup of sugar and enough water to make one quart of juice. Return to fire and bring to a brisk boil. Then add the dumplings.

"To make dumplings, sieve together two cups flour, one-half cup sugar, four tablespoons baking powder and one teaspoon salt. Cut in four tablespoons shortening. Mix with three-fourths cup sweet milk to make a soft dough. Drop from a teaspoon, one at a time, chunks of dough about the size of a small egg, into the boiling juice. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes."

Pearl Short
Altoona, Kansas


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