Challenge Yourself With These Homemade Chocolate Dumplings

By Grace Noles
chocolate and banana dumplings

If there's one food item that gets Aucklander's the most excited – it's dumplings. We know you can know easily pop out and get your favourite fix from your local, but let's not give up our lockdown culinary skills just yet. Especially after we received this recipe from Dole, it's time to head back to our own kitchens.

Taking a fluffy, simple dumpling dough and filling it with a sweet inside is hard to come by in restaurants, so Dole has gone to the effort of creating their own recipe for homemade chocolate dumplings – with a banana twist of course. Reignite your love for baking and give these a try – Don't forget to let us know how you got on!

Banana & Chocolate Dumplings

Cook Time: 1 hour
Makes 12
Dole's choc banana dumplings

What You'll Need:

For the dough

3/4 cup lukewarm water

2 Tbsp sugar

1 1/2 tsp active dried yeast

2 Tbsp rice bran oil (or other neutral oil)

2 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

For the filling

100g dark chocolate, finely chopped

100g milk chocolate, finely chopped

1/2 cup cream

2 ripe Dole bananas, sliced

Getting Started:

  1. To make the dumpling dough, mix water, sugar and yeast, and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Add oil and mix gently.
  2. Place flour, baking and yeast mix in a food processor and blitz until the dough comes together into a ball. Transfer to a clean work surface and knead for a few minutes until the dough is smooth. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and leave to rise until doubled in size (about half an hour).
  3. Now you can make your ganache filling. Place the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. When the chocolate starts melting, remove from heat and whisk until all the chocolate has melted and the mix is smooth. Transfer the ganache to a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  4. Roll dough into a log and cut into 12 equal pieces (about 50-60g each). Roll each piece into a rough circle, put a few slices of banana in the centre of each dough disc, then spoon a dollop of ganache on top. Draw the edges together to make a triangle shape, sealed at the top
  5. Bring a pot with a small amount of water to the boil. Place steamer baskets in the pot and steam the dumplings until fluffy - about 5 minutes (top up the water between batches so your pot doesn’t burn dry).
  6. Dust with cocoa powder and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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