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Dampfnudeln / Germknödel – Sweet Dumplings

Skiing in the Alpes comes with eating Germknödel aka Dampfnundeln! If you’ve been there up on the mountain for lunch, this food is what gives you all the energy back that the cold weather sucked out of your body. Even if you are not skiing but maybe shoveling snow or just trying to make it to the mail box, have in mind that you will always be able to reward yourself with Dampfnudeln!

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We mostly lived in the North of Germany, far from the Alpes, so except for vacations I didn’t get Dampfnudeln and I had no idea how to make them myself. That changed.
Oh, at first I was so scared to make these. My friend Sybille from Stuttgart showed me how to make Dampfnudeln when we visited her and that’s when I realized that it is really simple. My family loves them and except for the fact that you cannot make them last minute right before a meal, they are a relaxed meal.

As mentioned before, Dampfnudeln are also called “Germknödel” and the word “Germ” stands for “yeast” in Austria. Now it maybe gets to you, why one cannot make them twenty minutes before lunchtime – this food needs to rest and grow like bread daough. And thats what it basicaly is. Its a sweet yeast dough and one can either bake it in the oven or make them in a pot (almost like corn muffins). I prefer to make Dampfnudeln in a pot since they tend to get a little dry in the oven.

Dampfnudeln / Germknödel

Dampfnudeln / Germknödel

Dampfnudeln are traditionally served with a warm
vanilla sauce and some poppy seeds on top.

Now learn the really simple methode to make this sweet treat of a delicous meal and don’t even think about just serving it for dessert – they really make you full … very full!

Dampfnudeln / Germknödel - Sweet Dumplings
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Perfect for cold days!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 1 hour
Dampfnudeln / Germknödel - Sweet Dumplings
Print Recipe
Perfect for cold days!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the 125 ml milk with the 50 g butter on the stove or in the Microwave until lukewarm .
  2. Mix the flour with 70 g sugar, vanilla sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add the egg and the milk, mix and knead well for about 5 minutes.
  4. Cover the bowl and place it where it is warm. Let stand there at least 40 minutes.
  5. When the dough has clearly risen and about doubled it's volume, remove it from the bowl and start kneading it with your hands on the kitchen counter top.
  6. Form a thick roll and cut this roll in 8 pieces about the same size.
  7. Mold each piece of dough into a sphere.
  8. Press your thumb into each sphere.
  9. Take about one teaspoon of plum jam or other jam and fill it in the cave that your thump left in the dough.
  10. Take the rims of the dough and close the cave - see picture!
  11. In a large pot (must have a good closing lid!) put the 100 ml milk and 100 ml cream, add the butter and heat the stove on medium.
  12. When the butter melts, sprinkle one tbsp sugar all over the milk.
  13. Place the dough spheres into the pot with the closed part placed downside and let rest for another 15 to 20 minutes.
  14. Now close the lid!
  15. On medium heat cook for about 20 -25 minutes and don't open the lid. Really. I mean it. Keep it closed! But at the same time make sure your Dampfnudeln don't burn
  16. In the meantime you can cook the vanilla sauce.
  17. Serving Dampfnudeln / Germknödel: In a deep plate put some vanilla sauce. Place a dumpling in the middel of the plate and pour some vanilla sauce on top. Last sprinkle some poppy seeds on top. "Guten Appetit"!
Recipe Notes

How I prefer my Dampfnudeln:

Personally I like to put some cinnamon-sugar mix onto my Dampfnudeln / Germknödel!

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One Response to Dampfnudeln / Germknödel – Sweet Dumplings

  • Hello,
    I am writing you from Estonia.
    I just found your site and it looks interesting and fantastic way to explain your recipes.
    I would like to try this dessert Germnödel. I hope it will successfull.
    Tumb up!
    Greetings.

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