Czech Fruit Dumplings 

 Originally Written: August 27, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

Svestkove Knedliky Plum Dumplings

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!


Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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