Sift the dry ingredients together. Add the sugar.
Add eggs and milk to make a soft, but not sticky dough.
Drop the dumplings by teaspoonful into stew. cover with lid and allow to cook gently for approx 20mins. Turn dumplings over and cook a further 10mins covered.
TIP: do not lift the lid of the saucepan for the fist 20mins. of cooking as it is the steam which makes the dumplings light.