1 fat hen 1 1/2 quart water salt 7 tablespoons flour 3/4 cup water 3 drops yellow food coloring ***DUMPLINGS*** 1 egg 2/3 cup milk 1 tablespoon oil or melted shortening 1 1/2 cup flour 2/3 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons baking powder
Cook hen in first measure of water and the salt. Cook about 3 hours. When cool, pick meat from bones and cut into small pieces. Thicken broth with flour and remaining water. Mix with egg beater and season to taste. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring. Strain over chicken. Reserve 4 cups of gravy in a flat pan for dumplings.
DUMPLINGS: Sift dry ingredients into liquid and stir briskly until blended. Drop dumpling batter by teaspoons into boiling gravy. Cover and cook gently 8-10 minutes or until done.