Ingredients, two pounds of flour, a halfpenny worth of yeast, a pinch of salt, one pint of milk or water. Put the flour into a pan, with your fist hollow out a hole in the centre of the flour, place the yeast and salt at the bottom, then add the milk (which should be lukewarm), and with your clean hand gradually mix the whole well together, and work the dough perfectly smooth and elastic. The pan Containing the dough must then be covered over with a cloth, and in the winter must be placed on a stool in a corner near the fire, that it may rise, or increase in size to nearly double its original quantity. When the dough has risen in a satisfactory manner, which will take about an hour, dip your hand in some flour and work it, or rather knead it together, without allowing it to stick to your hands; divide it into about twelve equal parts; roll these with flour into balls, and as you turn them out of hand, drop them gently into a pot on the fire, half full of boilingwater; allow the water to boil up once as you drop each dumpling in separately, before you attempt to put in another, in order to prevent the DUMPLINGS from sticking together, as this accident would produce a very unsatisfactory result, and spoil your dinner. Yeast DUMPLINGS must not boil too fast, as then they might boil out of the pot. They will require about half-an-hour’s boiling to cook them; they must be eaten immediately, with a little butter or dripping, and salt or sugar.
Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
by Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences (Year 1928)