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Czech bread dumplings

Robalenik Jun 12, 2013 05:31 AM

I would love to hear your ideas/recipes for Czech bread dumplings. My mother used to make them and I just haven't a clue where to start. I would like to serve them with roast pork and red cabbage. Any thought would be welcome!

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    HillJ RE: Robalenik Jun 12, 2013 06:01 AM

    Roba, your Mother never shared her recipe with your or walked you through the steps? My friends Mom made these fairly often to use up day old bread. The recipe was very simple and I don't recall really experiencing much of a flavor to them. Light and fluffy but rather bland.

    How did your Mother prepare these?

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      Robalenik RE: HillJ Jun 12, 2013 06:23 AM

      Unfortunately she passed away before she had a chance to hand me the recipe. I do remember the the texture was relatively light though not too fluffy. I do remeber they were quite tasty. She'd tied the balls together with string. I guess the gravy from the pork roast, the pork with the dumplings enhanced it! I remeber the pork was roasted in the oven with butter.....fantstic gravy.

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        HillJ RE: Robalenik Jun 12, 2013 06:26 AM

        That's unfortunate and food memories are some of the best ways to remember folks we cared a great deal about.

        The gravy from the main meat dish is what I was expecting you to say. Like any dumpling really.

        Well, I'd be happy to share the recipe I've used if you would like it. I haven't made bread dumplings in some time but they are super easy.

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          Robalenik RE: HillJ Jun 12, 2013 06:27 AM

          Yes please....That would be great....Thanks! HillJ

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            HillJ RE: Robalenik Jun 12, 2013 06:42 AM


            Here you go and this write up includes step by step photos to help you along. Do not use AP flour. Wondra Instant Flour is the ideal flour for Czech bread dumplings. Be sure to let the dough rise for an hour in a warm place, covered. Use baker's yeast (I buy it in Whole Foods or the health food store) only.

            So, make your shopping list and don't substitute ingredients. Set all your supplies out and measure well. Have the pot of water ready to go. And enjoy the experience!

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              Robalenik RE: HillJ Jun 12, 2013 06:45 AM

              Thank you so much!
              Really looking forward to have a go at it this weekend...can't wait!
              I'll let you know how I got on!

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                HillJ RE: Robalenik Jun 12, 2013 07:19 AM

                Please do and it's my pleasure, Roba.

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                alliegator RE: HillJ Jun 12, 2013 02:12 PM

                This looks like an excellent recipe for knedliky!
                Robalinek, another fantastic recipe to serve your dumplings with is svíčková na smetaně.
                It's one of my favorite dishes and since nobody in my family was an avid cook, I've tracked down a lot of Czech recipes online. This is my favorite for that dish.

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                  HillJ RE: alliegator Jun 12, 2013 05:06 PM

                  allie! I'm not Czech but have a number of friends who are and those photos of the various dumpling styles had me missing them!!! omg, speck dumplings~~wowzer.

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                    Robalenik RE: alliegator Jun 12, 2013 11:31 PM

                    Hi alliegator....
                    Thanks for the link!
                    I had totally forgotten about the fruit filled dumplings. I remember we also had plum stuffed dumplings and then molten butter poured over them, finally sprinkled with cinnamom....yummy!

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                      alliegator RE: Robalenik Jun 13, 2013 05:36 PM

                      Oh, how I love me some fruit dumplings!
                      Please let us know how your endeavor goes. I'm always excited to learn more about Czech cooking. It's the heritage I most closely identify with (though I'm a bit of a mutt), and would love to put any info into my noggin' on the topic.
                      And HillJ, your avatar is so cute!! Make those Czech friends cook for you, and bring beer :)

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                        HillJ RE: alliegator Jun 13, 2013 05:43 PM

                        Thanks, and you're so right I need to call my pals!!

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