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Plum Dumplings

Plum Dumplings

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Cyndi K.

This recipe came from Istria in the former Yugoslavia. It can be an entree (our favorite) or side dish. I have fond memories of helping my mother make large batches of these and freezing them for the winter. They are still one of my favorite meals and my children (now grown up) still look forward to these any time I make them.

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  • Calories:
  • 519 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 14.1 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 94.3g
  • 30%
  • Protein:
  • 7.2 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 86 mg
  • 29%
  • Sodium:
  • 236 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. To pit the plums, slice them almost in half, open, and remove pit. Place about 1/3 teaspoon of sugar in the hollow of each plum; close the plum, and place in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Place potatoes in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender. Drain. When cool enough to handle, mash potatoes with a fork or potato masher. You will need 1 cup of mashed potatoes. Set aside, and keep warm.
  3. To make the dough, sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together into a pile on a breadboard. Make a well in the center; add 1 cup mashed potatoes, egg yolks, and shortening into the well, and work in until the dough is pliable and smooth.
  4. When dough is thoroughly kneaded, roll it out onto a floured board to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Cut into roughly 4-inch rounds with a biscuit cutter. Holding one piece of dough in your hand, place a whole pitted plum in the center. Place another piece of dough on top, and press to seal the edges of the dough together. Make sure there are no leaks, or the plum will come out during cooking.
  5. To cook, bring a deep pot of salted water to boil. Place dumplings in water, and boil gently for about 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, to make the sauce, melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar. (If you like, stir in some of the juice that collects in the bowl of pitted plums.) Stir in a small amount of bread crumbs to slightly thicken the sauce.
  7. When dumplings are done, remove them from boiling water, and place them in the frying pan, and turn to coat the dumplings. Serve hot with extra sauce poured over them.
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35
8/7/2006

"Szilvas Gomboc"!--I remember helping my Yugoslavian/Hungarian mom make these as a child! Except we put a plum into one 4 inch dough square and bring the corners up to the middle and roll in your hands untill they are round, instead of using two round dough pieces! This wonderful, 5 star, dumpling recipe brings back many warm memories! Thanks.

MO2MNAmy
14
6/9/2009

My Czech family makes similar plum dumplings but the best part is topping them with hot melted butter and then sprinkle a ground poppy seed and sugar mixture on top. I can't imagine them without it.

Azuki
13
9/24/2006

I had a bunch of extra plums that were too tart and wanted to find a way to use them up. I've never heard of plum dumplings before but thought it sounded interesting and I'm glad I gave them a try because they're delicious - such a great refreshing dessert!