Chicken Soup with Farina Dumplings

As per request of one of my dear readers, I wanted to introduce this much loved soup of our grandmothers. I am not sure where the soup originates from (Austria perhaps), but it is well known all over the old continent. It is delicious, easily made and filling.

The base for the soup can be chicken or veal stock and dumplings are made from farina flour. This flour is coarse and resembles grits, but unlike grits, it is made from wheat. Apparently for many years I was confusing the name for semolina and farina flour. I recently learned that semolina is mainly used for making pasta and gnocchi and farina is used as cereal (cream of wheat). In Bosnia farina is called griz and in Germany grieß. We mainly use farina for dumplings and desserts. If you happen to go through my recipe index, my Semolina Pudding should actually read farina pudding (I promise I will change that).

chicken soup with farina dumplings

Chicken Soup with Farina Dumplings

{print recipe}

Chicken stock:

  • 1. 5 – 2 l (1.5 – 2 quarts) water
  • 100-200 g (3.5 – 7 oz) chicken (I usually use breast without skin, but dark meat can be used as well) or veal
  • 2 medium carrots (cut once lengthwise and once across)
  • 1 parsnip (cut once lengthwise and once across)
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 parsley twigs
  • Vegeta
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley (finely chopped)

Farina dumplings:

  • 100 g (3.5 oz) farina flour
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 1 pinch of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 50 g butter (1.7 oz)- at room temperature
  • 1 egg

Preparation:

  1. In a stock pot filled with water add chicken and all the vegetables. Bring it to a boil and then lower the temperature and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  2. Strain the stock and set aside all that’s left in the sieve.
  3. Return the clear stock into the pot. Finely chop chicken, carrots and parsnip and put back into the stock.  Onion, celery, and parsley can be discarded. Spice with vegeta, salt and pepper. Let it simmer lightly.
  4. Dumplings need to be prepared immediately before you want to add them to the soup. Do not let the dumpling mixture sit and wait, because they will not turn out good.
  5. For the dumplings combine farina with salt, pepper and nutmeg in a small bowl. Add softened butter and egg and make a mixture gently mixing with a fork. Do not use electric mixer. Do not over mix.
  6. Take a small spoon and grab some of the mixture. With another spoon help shape the mixture into a nice oval and put it into simmering soup. Work fast. Dumplings will start expanding and coming to the surface.
  7. When they are about triple in size, turn off the stove, add chopped parsley to the soup and let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving. If dumplings are made right they will have a soft consistency, somewhat grainy texture and will not be hard or fall apart.

*** I suggest not to make these dumplings with hands as you may squeeze and press the mixture too much and then they will be too hard after they are done.

Chicken stock

Making Farina Dumplings
Making Farina Dumplings
Farina Dumplings Mixture
Farina Dumplings Mixture
Make Farina dumplings using two spoons and shaping them into an oval
Make Farina dumplings using two spoons and shaping them into an oval

SONY DSC

Chicken Soup with Farina Dumplings

Chicken Soup with Farina Dumplings

Advertisements

Semolina pudding with strawberry-rhubarb sauce

Last Saturday I went to the Farmer’s Market again and bought some great Michigan strawberries and beautiful, crisp rhubarb. The strawberries were so super sweet and delicious that we couldn’t resist and ate them right away just plain. There was one container left, so I wasn’t sure what to use them for. The idea came when I was going through my kitchen cupboards and eyed a small bag of semolina that I had sitting there since the time I made my Raspberry Dream Cake. I decided to make the semolina pudding and then use the strawberries and rhubarb to make the sauce. Oh, I have to tell you it came out soooo delicious, it is really hard to describe…

SEMOLINA PUDDING WITH STRAWBERRY-RHUBARB SAUCE   Printable recipe

Serves 8

For the pudding:

  • 80 g (2.7 oz) semolina wheat flour
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 100 g (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ lemon – zest only

Also needed:  a muffin pan or a bundtlette pan

Prepare your pan by rinsing it with the cold water or placing it the freezer for a few minutes.

Bring the milk to a boil; add sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Let it simmer for a few minutes until all sugar has dissolved. Slowly add semolina to the milk, whisking the whole time. You will notice an increase in volume (as semolina expands). Mix until all liquid disappears and large bubbles start showing.

Pour the pudding into a prepared pan. This quantity will yield about 8 individual portions. Let it cool slightly, cover with plastic and refrigerate.

For the strawberry-rhubarb sauce:

  • 300 g (10 oz) strawberries (washed and quartered)
  • 200 g (6.7 oz) rhubarb (washed and cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • 100 g (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 pack of vanilla sugar (or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract)
  • a  pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons water

Place the strawberries, rhubarb, sugar and honey in a cooking pot. Add vanilla and a pinch of cloves. Mix occasionally and let it simmer for about 15 minutes at a low temperature. Mix corn starch with water until smooth and add it to the fruit mixture to thicken.

Serve warm over chilled semolina pudding.

Bon appétit!