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Jun 12, 2013 05:31 AM

Czech bread dumplings

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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  1. 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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    1. re: HillJ

      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.

      1. re: Robalenik

        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.

        1. re: HillJ

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

          1. re: Robalenik


            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!

            1. re: HillJ

              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!

              1. re: Robalenik

                Please do and it's my pleasure, Roba.

              2. re: HillJ

                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.

                1. re: alliegator

                  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.

                  1. re: alliegator

                    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!

                    1. re: Robalenik

                      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 :)

                      1. re: alliegator

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