Traditional Czech Bread Dumplings

  • PrepTime: 30 Mins
  • CookTime: 30 Mins
  • TotalTime: 60 Mins

Ingredient

  1. 4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 large egg yolks
  5. 1 1/2 cups milk
  6. 10 slices bread (about 4 cups good-quality white bread, crusts removed, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces)

Instruction

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks and milk.
  4. Pour egg-milk mixture into the bowl with flour.
  5. Work the dough with a Danish dough whisk or your hands or by machine using the dough hook until it no longer sticks to the bowl.
  6. Cover and let stand 1 hour.
  7. Put a large stockpot or saucepan of salted water on to boil.
  8. Work the 4 cups of bread cubes into the batter until well incorporated.
  9. Using floured hands, shape the dough into 3 or 4 rolls that are about 8 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide.
  10. When the water is boiling, carefully slip the rolls into the water, giving them a stir so they don't stick.
  11. Reduce heat, cover and cook 10 to 15 minutes.
  12. Using a slotted spoon, remove one dumpling from the pot after 10 minutes of cooking and test for doneness by cutting through the middle of the dumpling with a thread or thin knife.
  13. If it is done, remove the dumplings one by one and slice into 3/4-inch pieces again with a thread or sharp knife. Repeat until all dumplings are removed from the water and sliced.
  14. Serve warm with gravy.

Note

  1. To reheat leftover dumplings, place the slices in a steamer basket and steam a few minutes until soft.
  2. Leftovers are delicious browned in butter and sprinkled with sugar as a special breakfast treat.