Fluffy Czech bread dumplings are a common side dish in the Czech Republic.
Bread dumplings are made of similar ingredients as classic bread dough, but instead of baking the dumpling loaf, Czechs steam it. That's the main secret to its distinctive taste.
The Czech bread dumplings pair well with a variety of traditional Czech dishes, such as svíčková cream sauce,vepřo knedlo zelo (roast pork and sauer kraut), hovězí guláš (Czech goulash), roast goose or roast beef.
Dumplings are not only an integral part of Czech cuisine, but they're also popular in Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.
In Czech, bread dumplings are called knedlíky.
There are many different variations of traditional Czech dumplings. You can make them with yeast, baking powder or mixed with potatoes, bread cubes, bacon and even a sweet version filled with fruit.
This recipe is focused on basic but wholesome bread dumplings made with yeast - houskový knedlíky.
To get the authentic bread dumplings taste and the right consistency, it's best to use coarse wheat flour. This type of flour is different from typical all-purpose flour. It’s more coarse in texture.
USA: Wondra flour
Czech Republic: Hrubá mouka
Canada: Robin Hood Easy Blend
Australia: Continental flour (any brand)
Germany: Aurora Instant Mehl Type 405 or any Spätzlemehl
Czechs generally use fresh yeast, which I opted for in this recipe. In my opinion, fresh yeast will give you a better texture and flavor. However, if you can't source fresh yeast, active dry yeast is fine too.
Check the ingredients and full recipe below for the exact amount.
Although boiling the dough works fine, steaming is the best way to get the most visually pleasing bread dumplings. To steam the bread loaves, you can use a steamer pot or steamer basket / rack.
Whether steamed or boiled, the taste is equally delicious, especially when the Czech bread dumplings are warm and fresh.
Makes 5 servings (2 bread dumpling loaves)
Note: You can freeze leftover dumplings inside a plastic wrap or aluminium foil to store them. To reheat them, you can simply steam them again or use a microwave.
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Last Updated 15 January 2024