Plum Dumplings (Svestkove Knedliky)

INGREDIENTS for 4-6 servings:

  • 3 cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup warm milk or so
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup farmer’s cheese
  • 1/2 packet dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 lb fresh prune plums
  • 8 Tbs melted butter

 

1 Wash and dry the plums, then cut them in half and remove their stones.

2 Mix together the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and put in the yeast and the sugar. Mix together the yeast, sugar, and a little of the flour. Slowly add 1/2 cup of the milk that has been warmed on the stove. Put a warm, damp cloth over the bowl and leave for about 20 minutes or till the yeast mixture has risen a little.

3 Add the remaining 1/4 cup of milk into the yeast mixture and begin to mix in the remaining flour. Break the egg into the flour and keep mixing it in until you have a thick paste.

4 Turn the dough out onto a floured board or table. Knead it very quickly and lightly just enough to have it form a ball, then, using a pin, roll it out quite thin (about 1/8″). Cut the dough into squares with 2″ sides.

5 Put half a plum in each square, wrap the dough around the plum, and seal the edges by pinching the sides together.

6 Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Put about a dozen of the plums into the boiling water. Once the dumplings have risen to the surface of the water, boil them for another 5 minutes. Put a sieve next to the pot and transfer the cooked dumplings into it, piercing each of them with a fork to release their steam. Serve with sugar, melted butter, and farmer’s cheese.

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