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Recipe courtesy of Vivian Aronson

Clear Fruit Dumplings

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr (includes cooling and setting times)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings (8 dumplings)
These clear fruit dumplings are a light and refreshing dessert. Agar-agar powder makes the wrappers transparent and butterfly pea flower adds a light blue hue. Use your favorite fruit as a filling to create a beautiful presentation and impress your guests. 


Strawberry Puree Dipping Sauce: 

Clear Fruit Dumplings:


Special equipment:
a 3 1/2-inch round cookie cutter
  1. For the strawberry puree dipping sauce: Combine the strawberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, then uncover and continue to cook until the mixture has the consistency of syrup and coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a blender and blend on low speed until the mixture has a jam-like consistency, about 1 minute. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl, pressing with a metal spoon. The sauce can be served at room temperature or refrigerated for about 30 minutes and served chilled.
  3. For the clear fruit dumplings: Combine the cold water, sugar and agar-agar powder in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to boil, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the butterfly pea flowers if using. Reduce to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar and agar-agar powder dissolve, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and discard the butterfly pea flowers with chopsticks or a spoon.
  4. Divide the mixture between two 9-inch square nonstick baking pans. Set aside at room temperature until the mixture sets into a firm jelly, about 30 minutes.
  5. Use a 3 1/2-inch round cookie cutter to make 4 dumpling wrappers per pan, leaving them in place in the pans. Remove one round from the pan and place it in the palm of your hand. Place 3 teaspoons of the chopped fruits of your choice in the center of the round. Fold the wrapper over like a taco. Do not press down the edges or the dumpling will break. Place the dumpling on a serving plate and repeat with the remaining 7 dumpling wrappers, varying the combination of fruits as desired.
  6. Squeeze a couple of drops of lemon juice over the dumplings just before serving with the strawberry puree dipping sauce on the side.