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Fruchtknoedel (Fruit Dumplings)

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Category: Desserts

 Ingredients List

  • 6 tb Butter
  • 1 pn Salt
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon, grated
  • 1 Whole egg
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 3 c Farmer cheese
  • 3 tb Sour cream
  • 1 tb Powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 c Cake flour
  • 12 Plums (OR 12 apricots, OR 18
  • -large strawberries)
  • 24 Cubes sugar (optional)
  • For plum dumplings:
  • 3 tb Finely ground poppy seeds
  • -(you can use mortar and
  • -pestle)
  • 1 tb Powdered sugar
  • For apricot dumplings:
  • 3 tb Farmer cheese
  • 1 tb Powdered sugar
  • For Strawberry dumplings:
  • 5 tb Toasted plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tb Powdered sugar


1. In a bowl, combine the butter, salt, and lemon zest. Whip until fluffy.
Add the whole egg, and egg yolk, and continue to beat to blend. Beat in the
farmer cheese, sour cream, and powdered sugar. Add the flour slowly and
beat until smooth. Allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes at room

2. Cut the plums or apricots in half and remove the pits, if necessary. If
the fruit isn't sweet, place 1 cube of sugar in the hollow of each half.

3. On a marble pastry board, roll out dough 1/2 inch thick. Using a pastry
wheel, cut the dough into a grid of 5-inch squares. If you're using
strawberries, make 18 (3-inch) squares.

4. Place a piece of fruit, cut side down, on each circle of dough and pull
the pastry up around the fruit. Seal by pinching the pastry together.

The dumplings can be prepared up to 3 hours ahead to this point.
Refrigerate until ready to boil.

5. Bring 2 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add 8 dumplings and simmer
until they rise to the top, approximately 15 minutes. Remove with a slotted
spoon. Keep warm on a covered plate. Repeat with the remaining dumplings.

6. To serve: Plum dumplings: Sprinkle with poppy seeds and powdered sugar

Apricot dumplings: Sprinkle with farmer cheese, pressed through a sieve,
and the powdered sugar

Strawberry dumplings: Roll in the toasted plain bread crumbs and sprinkle
with the powdered sugar.

((Note: My mother used to make these with whole pitted apricots and whole
pitted plums, always with a sugar cube in the center, and always rolling
the finished product in the toasted bread crumbs, and the sprinkling the
dumplings with sugar. Karin))

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