Attempt to Make Czech Bread Dumplings

Voila! Bread dumplings

Voila! Bread dumplings

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.

All the ingredients!

All of the ingredients!

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.

Bubbling baking powder

Bubbling baking powder

She then stirred the mixture continuously and then poured in the tiny bread pieces.

Stirring in the pieces of bread

Stirring in the pieces of bread

Pouring in the bread

Pouring in the bread

Me and Katie had great fun trying to stir the mixture.

Katie tries stirring

Katie tries stirring

Attemping to make stirring look fun

Attemping to make stirring look fun

Once we had stirred enough, Ivana divided the mixture into two cylinders on a floured plate. She then dropped them in the boiling water.

Boiling water in a huge pot - in goes the mixture

Boiling water in a huge pot – in goes the mixture

They boiled for 25 minutes.

Two dumpling cylinders boiling

Two dumpling cylinders boiling

Then out came this weird looking instrument:

A dumpling slicer - only available in the Czech Republic?

A dumpling slicer – only available in the Czech Republic?

Ivana used the slicer to pick up the cylinders.

Putting the dumpling into the slicer

Putting the dumpling into the slicer

And then pressed it down onto the plate.

Pre-dumpling slicer

Pre-dumpling slicer

And like magic, the dumplings were sliced!

Post-dumpling slice

Post-dumpling slicer

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.

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One thought on “Attempt to Make Czech Bread Dumplings

  1. That weird device – for cutting – takes half of the fun out of it. My wife is Czech, and we always – *always* use thread to cut the dumpling. Just loop the thread around the dumpling and pull the loop closed and – voilà! Perfect dumpling disks. It also makes for quite a presentation to your guests.

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