This typical Czech dessert always steals the show! Sweet and delicious, fruit filled dumplings are a dish made often in the Czech kitchens.
What Are Czech „Ovocné Kynuté Knedlíky“?
They are a sweet yeasted dough food, cut into pieces.
The fruit mixed with sugar is wrapped in small pouches made out of dough, which are then closed, boiled in water.
Czech fruit dumplings are sprinkled with grated “tvaroh”, ground poppy seed, powdered sugar and are poured over with melted butter.
Which Fruit to Use?
You can use any seasonal fruit in the dumplings:
The fruit is sweetened with sugar, because the dough itself isn’t sweet.
Don’t use frozen fruit in the dumplings, because the dough could boil in an uneven way. You can however use canned fruit quite well (let it dry off on a sieve first).
How to Fill the Knedlíky With the Fruit?
- Split the leavened dough into 2 halves. From each half, make a roll and cut it into same-sized pieces.
- Stretch each piece into a “circle” about 4-5 inches (10-12 cm) in diameter. Take care so the dough in the middle of the circle isn’t too thin.
- Place the fruit in the center of the circle and add a bit of granulated sugar. Lift up the edge of the circle, stick it together and close the dumpling.
- Roll the finished dumpling between your hands so it gets a nice round shape.
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How Long to Boil the Dumplings?
Czech fruit yeasted dumplings are best boiled in gently boiling salted water.
Don’t place too many knedlíky in the pot, they’ll leaven a little when boiling them. Cover the pot with a lid and boil for 8 minutes, then take the dumplings gently out and place them on a plate.
There’s no need to flip the knedlíky while boiling them.
What to Sprinkle the Fruit Dumplings With?
Grated tvaroh (similar to US farmers´cheese), icing sugar and melted butter is our personal favorite.
Grated gingerbread with sugar and butter is another good option, my grandma also used to make breadcrumbs fried on butter, mixed with granulated sugar.
Czech yeasted fruit dumplings can also be sprinkled with milled poppy seed mixed with sugar.
Czech Yeasted Fruit Dumplings with Blueberries
Yeasted dough for fruit dumplings:
- 2 cups (500 ml) milk lukewarm
- 3 tsp active dry yeast or 20 g fresh yeast
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 6 cups (1 kg) coarse flour or all purpose flour mixed with semolina
- 1 whole egg
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
To sprinkle fruit dumplings:
- tvaroh grated or farmers´ cheese
- butter melted
- powdered sugar
- Heat up the milk. It must be lukewarm only, not hot. Stir in a spoon of sugar, add yeast and mix it. Let it leaven for 15 minutes in a warm place. After 15 minutes you’ll have starter.
- Add flour, eggs, a pinch of salt, and the starter into a large bowl.
- Mix it with a fork first, then knead it with your hands. Be patient, it takes anywhere fom 5-10 minutes. You can also use a kitchen robot with a knead hook.
- Put a pot filled with hot water in the bottom of an oven. Place the dough in the oven too, on the middle rack. Close the oven and let the dough leaven in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix the blueberries with sugar, use a spoon.
- Make two rolls out of the dough and cut each into evenly sized pieces.
- Take each piece and roll out a circle (not too thin!). Place blueberries mixed with sugar in the middle. Close the knedlík and roll it between your hands until it has a regular round shape.
- Boil the fruit dumplings on low temperature for 8 minutes, cover the pot with a lid (don’t flip the dumplings).
- After taking them out of the pot, pierce each dumpling with a fork so the steam gets out. Grease them with butter so they don’t become dry on the surface.
- Sprinkle with tvaroh and icing sugar, pour over melted butter.