This week I tried to make traditional Czech bread dumplings with the help of my Czech friend, Ivana, and my American friend, Katie. They turned out surprisingly well. (Mostly because me and Katie only stirred and watched Ivana make them!)
Usually served with goulash, dumplings are a traditional Czech meal. As a vegetarian, I rarely get to order a meal which comes with them. So I was really excited to try and make them.
To make bread dumplings you will need: a special type of flour called ‘hruba’ flour (which is not really like any flour I have ever seen before, so I cannot name the equivalent), milk, salt, baking powder, 1 egg, bread rolls cut into small pieces, and a huge pot to boil water in.
Ivana started by pouring 1/2 kg of flour into a small saucepan (you can also use a bowel – I just don’t own any!). Then she made a small open circle in the middle of the flour and poured in the baking powder. She then made a small dent with her finger at the edge of the saucepan and poured half a spoon of salt into it.
Whilst the water had boiled, Ivana poured lukewarm milk over the baking powder into the saucepan. It started to bubble.
She then stirred the mixture continuously and then poured in the tiny bread pieces.
Me and Katie had great fun trying to stir the mixture.
Once we had stirred enough, Ivana divided the mixture into two cylinders on a floured plate. She then dropped them in the boiling water.
They boiled for 25 minutes.
Then out came this weird looking instrument:
Ivana used the slicer to pick up the cylinders.
And then pressed it down onto the plate.
And like magic, the dumplings were sliced!
They turned out really well and Ivana said they were the best she had ever made.
But I started to feel homesick for British cakes and started day-dreaming about making scones and Victoria sponges.