German Plum Dumpling: A sweet classic

Main courses are usually savory or hearty meals, so it can be quite unusual to buck this trend. However, Germans are particularly fond of dumplings at dinnertime and can even be persuaded to opt for a sweet filling now and then. Intrigued? Well, take a look at the following delicious recipe and give it a try...

You'll need (for 6 portions):

For the dumplings:

  • 8.8 oz flour
  • 1¾ tsp dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4.2 fl oz milk
  • 0.9 oz melted butter
  • 1 egg yolk

You'll also need:

  • approx. 2.5 oz plum jelly
  • vanilla sauce
  • 0.9 oz ground poppy seeds
  • 1.7 oz icing sugar

Here's how:

  1. Use an electric whisk to knead all of the ingredients for the dumpling dough. Leave the dough covered for one hour in a warm place.
  2. Next, split the dough into six equally-sized pieces. Flatten each piece of dough into small round disks. Place a large teaspoon of plum jelly into the center of each dough disk. Enclose the plum jelly and form a ball using your hands. Make sure that the filling stays inside. Leave the dumplings for another 15 minutes in a covered bowl.
  3. Cook the dumplings in a sieve over a water bath for 12 to 16 minutes. When serving, pour some vanilla sauce on the dumplings before sprinkling some poppy seeds and icing sugar on top.

I'm sure you initially had your doubts, but don't those dumplings look great? After taking your first bite, you'll see that a sweet main course can taste just as delicious as its savory counterparts. Yummy!


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