Sunday, March 01, 2009

Polish dumplings with plums...

I love those! In Poland we call them 'knedle'. The recipe is very easy but there is a lot of preparation - especially shaping those little dumplings and hiding a plum inside. I remember when I was a little girl I really wasn't very fond of them, they kind of "grew" inside my mouth.. Now I just love them! I think it's maybe because they also remind me of me childhood and my family home... Traditionally they're made with plums, but you can also put apricots, whole strawberry and other fruits inside.
You can eat knedle simply with some melted butter poured over and sprinkled with some sugar, as we do at my home. Knedle can also be served with breadcrumbs fried in butter or sugar and a dollop of cream on the top. I think they're perfect either way and make a fantastic sweet lunch or dinner!





How to make it...



Ingredients:
- 1 kg boiled and mashed potatoes
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup potato flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 kg plums (halved and stones removed)
- some sugar mixed

Mix mashed potatoes with eggs and both flours. It has to be a nice dough, not too sticky but not too dry either - or your dumplings won't hold together. Cover your hands in flour a little, to prevent sticking and tear some small ball of dough and form a pancake. Put half of a plum dipped in the sugar in the centre of your pancake. Form a ball - you have to stick it very well together, or your dumplings will disintegrate in the boiling water. When you have all your dumplings done put them into salted, boiling water and boil for 10 min from the moment when they reach the surface. Eat hot, sprinkled with sugar and some unsalted melted butter or cream :) If you're left with some (and I hardly doubt that you will...) you can reheat uneaten boiled knedle on a pan with some butter.

Notes:
If your plums are particularly large, as mine were, you can use only half the plum or even cut i in quarters, or your knedle will be nearly the size of a tennis ball ;) Also if the plums are very juicy I wouldn't add any sugar inside, but be more generous then when sprinkling knedle with sugar just before serving.


Smacznego!


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8 comments:

  1. I made these today for my husband, who is from Poland. He loved them!

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  2. Anula... I've been wandering through your recipes over the last few days and you're making me homesick for my childhood (I was born in and spent the first 11 years of my life in England, after my Polish family settled there after WW2). All these recipes (and then some) my babcia and mama used to make! I had to comment about the knedle, as I too, absolutely hated them when I was little! I think it was the size and portion of the dumpling to the fruit filling plus the butter drizzled on them! I recently made them from one of my mama's recipes and they were absolutely delicious! It's amazing how our tastes change as we get older! I used Italian plums (the oval, dark purple with green flesh ones) and sprinkled vanilla sugar and lemon juice on top to cut the butter taste. Yum!

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    1. Danuta - so glad to read your lovely comment! Thank you! Whenever I make something Polish I'm also very homesick... but that's also why I make all those Polish dishes - to feel closer to home and for my kids to know those tastes. Knedle are one of my all time favourites - a lot of work but worth it! - and I know that a lot of kids hate them... don't know what they're missing! ;)
      Pozdrawiam, Anula.

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  3. I want to tell you that I have come back for this recipe many times since I first found it here in 2009. I'm not Polish, but my husband is. He came to the US about 10 years ago and I have learned to cook many of his favorite foods from home.

    Today I am using strawberries and cherries instead of plums.

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    1. Heather,
      you have no idea how happy I am to read your comment - you made my day! :) You - and all other out there - are the reason why I do this! So glad to hear that you like this recipe and that it works for you (I also use strawberries instead of plums sometimes).
      Pozdrawiam, Anula.

      P.S. If you're looking for a sepcific Polish recipe and you can't find it anywhere (and it's not on my blog either), just send me a quick email and I'll try to help :)

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  4. It's that time of year again! I just bought some sweet dark cherries and am making knedle with them today.

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    1. Hi Heather!
      Knedle with sweet dark cherries?! Sounds fantastic! Here at the moment we're enjoying blueberries and I'm thinking blueberry pierogi ( http://www.anulaskitchen.com/2010/08/daring-cooks-11-world-of-pierogi.html ) :)
      Pozdrawiam, Anula.

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