Hungarian, Austrian plum dumplings, known as szilvás gombóc, can be eaten as dessert, a meatless main dish or side dish. At the Croatian and Check dumplings, the dough is made with freshly mashed potatoes. This dough, however, is rolled with a pin, rather than formed into dumplings by hand.
But to return to the plum dumplings they are essential part of the German, Rumanian, Croatian and Check cuisine. In Germany it is very popular to finish the dinner with them. Lately I was invited to a party where I was offered with plum dumpling with white chocolate-poppy sauce! It was divine!
Ingredients: 5 medium potatoes, peeled, boiled, mashed and cooled (don’t use leftovers)
2 large eggs 1 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 18 damson or Italian prune plums, washed and pitted, 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, 1 1/2 cups very fine breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar,
for the white chocolate sauce: 1 bar of fondant chocolate, cooked poppy seeds, 1 tbsp of Limoncello liqueur
- In a large bowl, combine potatoes, eggs, and salt. When well combined, add flour and mix until a soft dough forms. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest 30 minutes.
- Place a large pot of salted water on to boil.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/3 inch. Cut into 2-inch squares. Place a plum in the center of each square and fold in half, pressing out all air and sealing the edges. Moisten edges before crimping if necessary to seal.
- Carefully drop filled dumplings individually into boiling water. Repeat until all plums are in the water. Cook 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet, add breadcrumbs and brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove dumplings to a colander to drain. Place skillet back on the heat and add dumplings, coating with buttered crumbs.
- Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Prepare sauce, melt chocolate over steamed water, add liqueur and poppy. Mix well and before serving the dumplings melt it again then pour over dumplings!