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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Easy Gluten Free Rolled Fruit Dumpling Biscuit Thingies +Meatless Monday

Free of gluten, eggs, nuts, soy, with dairy free / vegan option

I've made this recipe three times in the last couple of weeks, and yesterday was the first time I was able to photograph them before they all got eaten. And that's only because I made them early in the day just so I would have time to photograph them before anyone came over and ate them all!

I don't know what to call these things, really, since the original recipe that I used as the model called them fruit dumplings. But really, they're more like a baked fruit biscuit roll-up type thingy. They're also not as sickly-sweet as a lot of other dumplings.

Whatever you want to call them, these gluten free baked fruit biscuit roll-up dumpling fruit log thingies are so very quick and easy (easy enough that I've made them 3 times to take dinner parties). They're also pretty healthy, since I cut back on the butter and sugar and used sorghum flour. And of course, they're loaded with fruit, so they make a fabulous healthy dessert.

They're so good, I took them to a dinner party where I was the only GF person. I had someone ask me if I was sure they were gluten free because they said the texture was too good to be gluten free.

The original inspiration for this recipe came from the More-with-Less Cookbook . I've mentioned this book before as a fantastic source of information for cheap, simple meals. While I always end up modifying the recipes to be either gluten free or a little healthier (the book is a bit outdated, after all), it's still a great resource. 

I've made it both with pears and apples, and you could use just about any other fruit you happen to have in the fridge like blueberries, peaches, nectarines, etc.

These are also great because if you happen to have Oral Allergy Syndrome and are allergic to fresh fruit, the long baking time here can help destroy some of the allergen proteins, making the fruit safer for some people to eat.

Of course, if you're looking for a beautiful presentation, and a more flaky, pie crust dumpling, you can always try the Healthier Gluten Free Apple Dumplings that I made for National Apple Dumpling Day a couple of years ago. They're gorgeous, but a bit more work.

 vs this dumpling / biscuit recipe

 These one are super easy to make. As per the pictures below, you just roll out the dough (either on a plain floured surface, or on a piece of waxed paper taped to the countertop, spread out your filling, roll them up, cover in the simple light syrup, and bake 'em up.

Serve warm and drool.

Ingredients for Gluten Free Rolled Fruit Dumplings Biscuits (makes 15 dumpling rolls)

For Fruit Filling:
2-3 cups finely diced fruit of choice
1 Tbsp sugar (optional)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp vanilla
pinch sea salt

For the Biscuit Dough:
3/4 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup white rice flour
3/4 cup tapioca starch + more for dusting
1.5 tsp xanthan or guar gum
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, chilled and cut into chunks (or dairy-free butter of chilled coconut oil)
1 cup cold milk (dairy free or not) or soda water

For the syrup:
1.5 cups water
3/4 cup sugar (I've used both brown or white sugar. The choice is yours)
1 Tbsp white rice flour
2 tsp orange blossom water (optional)


Grease a 9x13" baking dish with butter (or dairy-free option). Preheat oven to 350F.

1. Toss fruit filling ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside.

2. Sift together flours, starch, gum, powder, and salt. Cut in butter using a pastry knife, two knives, or (like me!) a potato masher, until dough is like fine crumbles. You could also do this in a food processor. I just didn't feel like doing the extra dishes.

3. Mix cold milk / soda water into batter and mix quickly until it forms a smooth ball.

4. On a surface dusted with tapioca starch (or tape a long sheet of waxed paper to the counter and dust that), roll the dough out with a flour-dusted rolling pin, into about a 9x13" rectangle, about 1/4" thick. Spread filling out over dough, leaving about 1/2" clear around the edges (the filling will shift as you roll it).

Using a damp spatula, or untape your wax paper, lift up the dough and roll it over the filling to create a log. Slice into 1-1.5" rounds using a wet knife (a knife run under the tap for a second will cut the dough more smoothly). I aim for 15 rounds so they fit perfectly in the baking dish. Arrange in baking dish. It's ok if they touch one another.

5. To make the syrup: In the microwave or on the stove, heat the syrup ingredients until the sugar dissolves (again, I'm lazy and use the microwave. It takes about 35 seconds). Pour over biscuit dumplings roll log thingies.

Bake for 35 minutes, until syrup is mostly absorbed and thick.

Best served warm. I've made these ahead of time, then popped them back in the oven for a few minutes and they're fine. I've also refrigerated leftovers and microwaved them for 30 seconds. Still awesome.

Allergic to fresh fruit, veggies, wheat, nuts, or soy? 
You might enjoy my cookbook, Living with Oral Allergy Syndrome!

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This post was shared on the following great link parties: Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday,


  1. This looks delicious; I wonder if I could do a savory version, sort of a filling of meat and chopped vegetables with a light tomato sauce on top. It would be like a pasty (If you know what those are, a meat pie)

    Anyway, I am for sure going to make these

    1. Oh pasties are a fantastic idea! I don't see any reason why you couldn't do it. If you try it please do let me know how it goes. I might give it a shot myself and do a veggie version :)

  2. Ah ha ha ah aha ha!!!! Thingies! I LOVE IT ;) Reminds me of a recipe I am posting tomorrow! These look 23824932478 x more delicious though !

    1. Lol, thanks, Gigi. I might go with baked fruit log biscuit. I still haven't decided ;) Looking forward to seeing your recipe!


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