Bavarian Semmel Knoedel (Bread Dumplings)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a very traditional bread dumpling that is served in restaurants in Austria and Bavaria. This is a perfect dumpling to serve with a stew that has rich sauce. My Mutti taught me how to make these when I was a little girl. Unlike other recipes I've seen, our family never included onions (too overpowering) nor did we add nutmeg to it. There isn't an exact measurement to making these-- only guidelines. If you can't find semmels (hard rolls only) then a loaf of French bread can work. You want the bread and wet ingredients to bind together easily, but you don't want them super wet. For a step-by-step tutorial, visit my foodblog at:

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 8 hard French rolls (one loaf French bread)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup whole milk, scalded
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large handful fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Slice the bread into 1/4 inch thickness.
  2. In a large bowl, add the bread slices, whisked egg, fresh parsley and kosher salt.
  3. Scald the milk to be very hot, but not boiling. Pour that over the bread mixture, cover with a towel or lid and allow to soak for a few minutes.
  4. When the milk has cooled to be a safe temperature for your hands, mix the bread mixture until clumped together. Don't over mix, though! You want all of the ingredients to bind together. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more scalding milk.
  5. With wet hands, form into six balls.
  6. Chill for 15-30 minutes (or overnight).
  7. In a pot of salted boiling water, cook for 15-20 minutes.
  8. This makes a perfect side dish with a stew that has a rich gravy.
  9. For leftover dumplings, slice like cooked potatoes. Fry in some bacon and onion, until lightly browned and pour a whisked egg over. Delicious!