These soft & fluffy Newfoundland Doughboys are easy to make with only five ingredients. Add them to soups, stews, and gravies to add that special homemade touch.
Try them with my easy Tomato Paste Soup recipe!
🍲 What are Doughboys?
Doughboys are small pieces of dough that can be added to soups, stews, gravies, and casseroles. They're soft and fluffy, and they absorb the flavors of the ingredients in which they're cooked.
Doughboys were a favorite of mine growing up. My Newfoundland friend's family used to make them pretty much every week. They're great for adding more substance to a meal.
They usually only have five ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, butter, and milk.
⭐The Secret To Make Them Soft & Fluffy
The secret to a pillowy, soft texture is in the dough-making process. Be ever so gentle when mixing the dough - just enough to bring the ingredients together.
After making the dough, let it rest for 5 minutes. This resting time is essential because it allows the gluten in the dough to relax. This, in turn, makes the final product more tender and soft.
- Flour: This recipe was tested using all-purpose flour.
- Baking powder: In my testing, I found that using two teaspoons of baking powder per flour yields the fluffiest dumplings.
- Butter: Always use unsalted butter so we can control the amount of salt. You can also substitute with neutral oil or olive oil.
- Salt: Enhances the overall flavor. If you're using salted butter, exclude the salt altogether.
- Milk: Gives a fluffier texture to the dumplings. If you don't have milk, water works perfectly fine.
STEP 1: Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Rub in the butter using your fingers or the back of a spoon.
STEP 2: Add milk and mix until a soft dough forms. Allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes.
STEP 3: When the stew or soup is almost boiling, drop spoonfuls of dough on top. Wet your spoon to prevent sticking. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10-12 minutes. Do not open the lid during this time.
Note: Ensure you don't cook for too long; otherwise, they'll get mushy and disintegrate into the soup.
STEP 4: Remove the lid, ladle the soup and fluffy dumplings into serving bowls, and enjoy!
🥡 Storage & Leftovers
Storing: Dough boys should be stored separately from the soup to avoid absorbing all of the liquid and becoming soggy. Refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Reheating: Reheat leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop with the soup.
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Newfoundland DoughBoys Recipe (For Soups and Stews)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt (use half the amount if you're using fine sea salt or table salt)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (or oil)
- 1 cup milk (or water)
- Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
- Rub in the butter using your fingers or the back of a spoon.
- Add milk and mix until a soft dough forms. Allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes.
- When the stew or soup is almost boiling, drop spoonfuls of dough on top. Wet your spoon to prevent sticking. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10-12 minutes. Do not open the lid during this time.
- Remove the lid, ladle into serving bowls, and enjoy!