Summer is almost here so let’s get ready for it! Besides Bublanina, Ovocne knedliky (Fruit Dumplings) are definitely the signature Czech (and Slovak) summer dish. Dumplings in general are eaten by a variety of cultures ranging from the Armenians, Chinese and Jamaicans to the Dutch, Irish and of course the Eastern Europeans. They can taste sweet or savory – both equally good choices. The Ovocne knedliky belong to the sweet-tasting dumpling family as they are filled with fruit. One can stuff them with any kind of fruit imaginable; if you want to you use kiwis, go for it (although I am not sure about the taste)! The strawberry dumplings are the best though and that is what am I presenting to you today. The recipe comes from my dear Czech friend Petra who found a super-easy way to the otherwise dumpling-making nightmare (especially for us living abroad). They may not taste exactly like the ones made by your authentic Czech mom but they are pretty close – plus they are healthier.…
- Ricotta cheese (15 oz)
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 1-2 cups of powdered sugar
- Mix the ricotta cheese, eggs and flour together and knead into a dough (step 1 bellow)
- Form a roll and slice it up into slices about 1 inch thick (step 2)
- Roll out each slice into a circle – 1/4 inch thick and 4 inches in diameter (step 3)
- Fill with desired fruit; in this case use cut up strawberries
- Seal well and form round dumplings
- Boil in salted water for about 5-8 minutes
- Top with melted butter and powdered sugar ( I also also like to spoon over some kind of a fruit yogurt)
– SERVES ABOUT 4 PEOPLE
PS: as far as the flour goes, I used the whole wheat flour and the dumplings came out really good. However, they did have a little heavier texture than the classic white flour ones.
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