When I was growing up in Czechoslovakia , ovocne knedliky was served as a full dinner — even though it seems more like a breakfast, lunch or side. It is not a difficult meal to make and believe me – it is especially loved by children. We used plums, peaches, apricots, cherries or apples and covered the dumplings with breadcrumbs roasted in butter and cinnamon. I remember this as my granma’s specialty and as I write this recipe, I can almost taste these delicious little fruit goodies!
Fruit Dumplings (Ovocne Knedliky)
2 cups flour
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
- Mix egg with butter and milk. Add salt.
- Sift flour on a board and add first mixture, kneading until smooth.
- Cut dough into small pieces and wrap evenly around the fruit (make sure to clean and pre-pit your fruit!). Seal well all around.
- Drop dumplings in a large pan of boiling salted water and cook for about 8 minutes. Do not overcook.
- Remove from water immediately, sprinkle with topping made by melting butter in a large pan and adding enough breadcrumbs to make a coarse looking mixture. Sprinkle the mixture with cinnamon to taste.
- Good idea is to keep the dumplings in a colander over hot water until ready to serve.
- Arrange on a platter, sprinkle with some more topping if you want.
- Crumbled pot cheese, ground poppy seed or plain brown sugar can also be used for topping.
Hope you and your family will enjoy this unique fruit treat recipe – your comments and suggestions will as always be very much appreciated!