Lately I’ve been testing my culinary skills and today was my first fail. I’ve been using foodgawker lately because they have amazing recipes and I found a great recipe for chicken dumpling soup on mommiecooks, which I’ve seen before and really enjoy her blog.
So anyways on with my treacherous cooking event. This is the recipe I was to follow. Now the bold is my mistakes, the italics are the directions from the mommiecooks blog.
Chicken and Dumpling Soup
Total Time: 35 min
Now take a look at the time, 35 minutes. Yeah, my soup was in the slow cooker for about 3 hours.
2 Cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 Cup Ice Water
4 Cups Chicken Stock
4 Carrots, Chopped
2 Stalks Celery, Chopped
2 Bay Leaves
1/2 tsp Celery Salt
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1/2 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Oregano
3 Chicken Breasts
1/2 Cup Half & Half
So I looked at these and thought, simple right? I had most of the stuff at home, the only thing I really needed was the chicken stock, celery, and the chicken. So I went to the store, purchased it all and came home ready to get my cookin’ on!
Start out by putting together the dough for your dumplings. Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder. Then slowly add in your ice water. Keep adding it in until you have enough to form a nice dough ball. Knead your dough for about 5 minutes and then set it the side and let it rest while you work on the other end of the soup.
This was super hard to do, it was really sticky and it was getting stuck to my hands, so I put more flour on my hands to de-stickify it. That’s possibly why my dumplings turned out bad but more on that later.
In a large pot add together your stock, chicken, carrots, celery, garlic, basil, oregano, and celery salt. Heat it up on medium heat and let the chicken cook through. When the chicken is cooked, remove it and set it to the side.
This was easy, my chicken was from a can so I just put it all together and threw it in the slow cooker.
Now grab up your dough and roll it out about 1/4″ thick with your rolling-pin. Cut it into small squares and place them in your hot broth. As they cook up, they will rise to the top of the broth.
Again another easy step, but I doubled all my ingredients, so I think I had way too much dough, and my boyfriends dad said I used the wrong dough when I was trying to figure out where I went wrong.
While your dumplings are cooking, go ahead and shred your chicken up. Add it to your soup. Last but not least, add in the half and half and give it a couple swirls around the pan to incorporate everything together.
So that’s the end of the directions, I followed everything other than I doubled up on all the ingredients, it turned out pretty mushy and not very good but Chris and I ate a bowl anyways, we both added some corn to ours. I mean it wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t as good as last weeks soup (chicken coconut curry soup).
I’m not 100% sure where I went wrong other than I think I had too much dough, and Tony, Chris’s dad said I used the wrong dough. But all in all I had fun cooking it. I’ve been trying new recipes and enjoying it, so maybe next weekend I’ll go with something simpler. The end of my soup result was this:
So if anyone has any tips or anything feel free to comment and let me know. Otherwise I hope you enjoyed my food fail, it is kinda funny!