Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Plum Dumplings

One of my favourite German dishes, plum dumplings take some effort but are definitely worth it.

Here's my mother's recipe for them:
1 pound grated potatoes
1 pound flour (adjust this based on the dough)
1 pinch salt
1 egg
6-12 plums (depends on the size of the plums)
[assume 3 large or 4 small plums per adult]
2 tablespoons ground poppy seeds [I use a mortar & pestel to grind them - and remember to store the seeds in the fridge]
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter

Take the boiled potatoes and grate them. [Two notes here, first, don't cook the potatoes in the microwave or you'll get tough skins, which mess up the dough. Second, if you don't want to grate the potatoes on a cheese grater (which is what I used to do) I used a potato masher the last time I made them and it worked. It's not the same, but it's close enough and saves a lot of effort.]
Once the potatoes are well mashed, add the egg, salt and flour. Mix into a dough. Wrap the dough around washed, but not pitted, plums [wet your hands a little when doing this to keep the dough from sticking to them].
Place the plums into boiling water [if it's not boiling you risk the dough falling off], and let boil 10-15 minutes OR UNTIL THEY FLOAT. Mine typically float in about 5 minutes, so check to be sure the dough is fully cooked but be careful not to overcook them or they'll taste unpleasant.
Top with the butter, poppy seeds and sugar.


Anonymous said...

Ah, so that's why our dumplings always tasted better than the kind other people make. They're made from potatoes, not flour. i always wondered and thot it was because of the plums. Something about that didn't seem right tho.- karin

ps: can i borrow your morter and pestle? :)

Anonymous said...

I checked the recipe and realized that in order to make this, i d have to buy EVERYTHING other than the salt!

So kd goes to school tomorrow and i go off to the store while the blue plums are still being sold. i've eaten 2 baskets ful of these plums so far BY MYSELF as noone in the house wants to try new foods. maybe that is the real reason- besides my laziness- that i never made them. how can i just cook for me? now i just don't care. if noone else wants to eat what i cook, they can eat oatmeal. Thanks for the recipe jess.

ps. if you want finer mashed potatoes mash them with a hand mixer.

Jessica Strider said...

I never learned the bread dumpling recipe though, which is unfortunate. I get a mix for half & half dumplings, which turn out very tasty with roladin, etc.

I bought my mortar & pestle in Japan for about $1.20. It's got grooves in the bowl, which is why it works for the poppy seeds (smooth bowls might work but I imagine it's harder, as the grooves force some of the seeds to stay still while I crush them). I'd lend you mine but how would I get it to you? And I'm sure there are other ways to crush seeds, if you even need to. Just because we remember them done that way doesn't mean others put them on dumplings whole.

I'm lucky in that my hubby loves trying new things. In fact, he now asks for meals and veggies he'd never heard of before meeting me.

Anonymous said...

i knew you couldnt. thats why i put the smiley there.- karin

Anonymous said...

i did it! Idoubled the recipe and have frozen some too. Bruce even ate one- i did some with apple pieces in them too so he wouldnt be completely overwhelmed. we atw the poppy seeds whole. they tasted fine with lots of sugar.