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    Authentic Bavarian Semmel Knoedel (Bread Dumplings)

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    30 mins

    15 mins

    15 mins

    BecR's Note:

    These traditional bread dumplings from Austria and Bavaria make a wonderful accompaniment to a rich gravy, goulash or stew. Just like my Oma made. Enjoy! I've translated the recipe from the delightful German blog, Wolkenfees Kuche.

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    Serves: 2



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    1. 1
      Slice the rolls into 1/4-inch thickness.
    2. 2
      Place slices into a large bowl and pour the warm milk over; let soak for 10 minutes.
    3. 3
      In a separate bowl, whisk the egg with the parsley and season to taste with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
    4. 4
      Pour parsley mixture into bread/milk mixture and knead together, then wet your hands and form the dough into four round dumplings.
    5. 5
      Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
    6. 6
      Place dumplings carefully into the water and simmer (do not boil) for 15 minutes, until done.
    7. 7
      Remove dumplings with a slotted spoon into a colander to drain.
    8. 8
      Serve with stew or goulash or gravy.
    9. 9
      Note: You can make Bretzen Knoedel (Bavarian Pretzel Dumplings) by substituting about 2 cups of soft pretzels (large, soft bakery style), for the French rolls.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 06, 2014

      I live in Germany currently, and think this is a great recipe. I have made it with rye bread and other crusty bread (we have a larger variety here in Germany because everyone goes daily to the bakery), and it has turned out great each time. I even have made it by boiling it in broth and then instead of serving it with gravy I pour the broth back on it. Thanks for a great and easy recipe!

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    • on January 01, 2013


      Thanks for this simple dumpling recipe. My family loves them. I've made your recipe several times, and it is "family approved".

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    Nutritional Facts for Authentic Bavarian Semmel Knoedel (Bread Dumplings)

    Serving Size: 1 (126 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 180.7
    Calories from Fat 56
    Total Fat 6.2 g
    Saturated Fat 2.5 g
    Cholesterol 101.5 mg
    Sodium 259.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 22.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 0.2 g
    Protein 8.4 g

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