Bread Dumplings (Houskove Knedliky)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

A genuine Czechoslovakian recipe, posted by request.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 eggs
  • 12 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour, sifted with a pinch of baking powder
  • 4 slices white bread, cut into cubes


  1. Beat eggs, salt& milk in a large mixing bowl; add flour gradually.
  2. Continue beating with a large spoon (the dough must be smooth& stiff enough to hold its shape).
  3. Stir in bread cubes last.
  4. Have a clean, wet towel ready.
  5. Shape the dough with wet hands into an oblong, roll in a towel& drop into a large kettle of salted boiling water.
  6. Boil, covered, for 45 minutes.
  7. Remove the towel& slice the dumpling 1/2 inch thick (if not sliced immediately, the steam cannot escape& the dumplings will be soggy& hard).
  8. Keep hot until ready to serve.
Most Helpful

Thank you! I'm Czech living in US, and was searching for simple knedliky recipe that uses baking powder instead of yeast. I used wondra flour about 2 cups, ended up with stiff dough but knedliky came out ok. I just need to figure out how to steam them instead.

hana.vcela December 27, 2015

Easy recipe to follow - my first time making dumplings. Family liked them. I might add just a tad bit more milk next time. When forming dough it is dry - which is difficult to get used to.

Chef-Joe October 10, 2011

Thank you for publishing this very authentic recipe! I lost the original that my Baba had passed on to my mother and missed this simple wonderful food, now I can make my own! I add caraway seeds to mine and they turn out the same as my Baba used to make! Great with Chicken, Pork or Veal roast and sauerkraut!

ctjed February 20, 2010