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Oma's Zwetschgen Knödel

Austrian Potato Plum Dumplings

Yield: 15 Dumplings

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     Although Zwetchgen Knödel are an Austrian dessert, my mother served these as a main meal. I could never have enough of them ― sweet with sugar and cinnamon and warm plums. Life growing up was good.



  • 15 Plums ― Italian Prune Plum
  • 560 gr. (approximately 4) russet potatoes
  • 280 gr. all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tblsp. Schmaltz or butter — 1 egg sized portion
  • Optional — 5 grams milk for dough if needed
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 6 tsp. Sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter ― to cover dumplings
  • 1/2 cup of sugar for breadcrumbs ― to cover dumplings
  • 1/3 cup of plain breadcrumbs ― to cover dumplings



Prepare Potatoes

  • Boil potatoes with skin on;
  • Peel potatoes while hot;
  • Press potatoes through a potato ricer and let cool.

Prepare Dough

  • Make a dough by mixing cooled potatoes with flour, egg and butter;
  • On a floured board roll out dough approximately 3/16" to 1/4" thick and cut into 3" squares.

Prepare Sugar & Cinnamon

  • Mix 6 tsp. of sugar and 1 tsp. of cinnamon. Use 1/2 tsp. mix to fill plum.

Prepare Plums

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  • Wash, open plums slightly and remove pits ― do not separate;
  • Fill each plum with 1/2 tsp. sugar and cinnamon mix;
  • Close and wrap 1 plum within a 3" square of dough, making sure all seams are totally enclosed.

Prepare Breadcrumbs

  • Melt the 1/2 cup of butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir in breadcrumbs and blend with1/4 cup of sugar. Cook and stir until browned. Remove the breadcrumbs to a plate.

Boil Dumplings

  • Place 4 to 5 dumplings into a slow boiling pot of slightly salted water; once they float, cook approximately 5-8 minutes;
  • Remove dumplings with a slotted spoon, slightly drain and transfer to a covered pot ― keep warm.

Finish Dumplings

  • Roll warm dumplings in the breadcrumb mixture until entirely coated.


Serve several dumplings per serving and lightly sprinkle with additional sugar if desired.







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