Here’s Ken Parker singing Sugar Dumpling.
1 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
6 T butter, softened
4 T olive oil
1 teaspoon each black sesame seeds and black mustard seeds, about 1/2 t. ground black peppercorns
about 3 cups spinach, cleaned and roughly chopped
2 cups chickpeas (I use canned, so drained and rinsed)
1 clove garlic
1 t. sugar
1/2 t. tamarind concentrate. (or a dash of lemon juice, or leave it out altogether, and leave out the sugar, too. It will still taste good!)
1/2 t. tamari
1 clove garlic
1 small jalapeno, or other mildly hot pepper
1 chunk of fresh ginger about 1 centimeter cubed
3 T cilantro, or however much you like
1 cup sharp cheddar (I like the flavor, and it binds the filling, but it will be fine without this, as well)
2. Mix the flours, the salt, and the pepper and seeds in a large bowl. Add the butter and oil, and rub between your fingers until everything is thoroughly mixed. It might seem a bit sandy at this time, and that’s okay. Add warm water, about 1/2 cup (but start with less) to make a workable dough. Put it onto the counter and knead it until it’s smooth, just a few minutes, adding a little flour if it gets too sticky. Refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.
3. Make the filling. Dice the shallot, garlic, jalapeno, and ginger together so that they’re very very very fine. You can even use a processor if you feel so inclined. Warm the olive oil, and then add the shallot/garlic/hot pepper/ginger mixture, and cook for a few minutes, stirring, until it starts to smell good and turn brown a bit. Add the sugar and tamarind, and tamari. Add the spinach and cook until it wilts and the pan starts to dry up. Turn it into a bowl and mix with the chickpeas and cheese, and season with salt and pepper.
7. Turn it upside down and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. This should make about 6 dumplings. Cook in a preheated 425 oven for about 1/2 hour, but check after 20 minutes. You want them to be golden brown on top. Eat! They’re also good dipped in a sauce of your choice. I’m still pretty stuck on a tamarind chutney, but tamari/balsamic/brown sugar(or molasses) and cayenne is tasty with it, too!
If you have left-over dough, roll it out to about 1/8 inch, and put it on a lightly buttered baking sheet. Cut through diagonally with a knife or pizza cutter, and then bake with the dumplings until slightly brown to make delicious crackers.