Learn a quick and easy recipe for traditional Czech fruit dumplings. It is a delicious recipe that you can use for lunch, dinner, or even dessert. You will be amazed at how easy it is to make sweet dumplings from scratch.
🔪 Prep: 15 minutes
⏲ Cooking: 5-8 minutes
🍽 Servings: 2 (approx. 13 dumplings)
💪 Difficulty: Very easy
- Fruits of your choice (peaches, strawberries, plums, large raspberries, etc. – fresh or canned)
- Powdered sugar (same as icing or confectioners‘ sugar)
⚠️ We don’t recommend using frozen fruits for the dumplings. Since fruits contain a lot of water, when frozen, the water expands and ruptures the fruit’s cells, changing their structure. Because of that, after thawing, the fruit becomes much softer. This is undesirable since the fruits used for fruit dumplings should be quite firm.
Step 1: Add the curd cheese, coarse flour, egg, and pinch of salt into a large bowl, mix it and work the dough until it is homogenous. Depending on how moist the custard cheese is, you might find that the dough is sticking to your hands. If this is the case, add a bit of flour until the dough stops sticking.
Step 2: While the dough is resting, fill a large pot with water, add a bit of salt (we add 0.15 oz (4g) into 50 oz (1.5 l) of water), and boil the water. The pot must be large enough so that all dumplings are covered with around 2 inches of water.
Step 3: Prepare the fruits. If needed, cut them into smaller pieces and dry them with a paper towel as much as possible. If the dough gets wet while you are forming the dumplings, it will start sticking to your hands, making the process more difficult. You will have to add a bit of flour or keep drying your hands.
Step 4: Roll the dough into a sausage shape and divide it into equal pieces (in our case, it was 13 pieces, but it will depend on the size of your fruit).
Step 5: Take one piece of the dough, squish it and form a circle using your fingers, making it large enough to fit the fruit of your choice. Next, put the fruit in the middle, wrap the dough around and roll it into a ball. Make sure to wrap it tightly, not leaving any holes.
Step 6: Put the dumplings into the boiling water and spread them, ensuring they are not on top of each other. The dumplings are ready once they come to the top. It takes around 5-8 minutes.
Step 7: While waiting, melt around 1.5 oz (40 g) of butter in a pan. When the dumplings are ready, take them out with a strainer. Arrange them on the plate, sprinkle them with powdered sugar, and finish them off with the melted butter.