Czech Dumplings – Knedlíky

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Czech Dumplings – Knedlíky

Melka Family Knedlíky

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Oh, how I love knedlíky.  Drenched in sauce, piled with sauerkraut, covered in melted butter, or just plain, these are a staple in many Czech dishes.  My mom made knedlíky for every holiday meal, but they’re not just for special occasions.  I make the smaller batch below for weekly meals in my home.  It’s just enough for the three of us with about 5 or 6 knedlíky left over.  You can also double the batch if you’re feeding a larger group. 

I’m so thankful I was able to spend time with my mom while she made these.  While it took many trials and errors after she died to perfect the recipe, her process of making them is a wonderful memory.  She taught me that the key to great knedlíky was to use Wondra flour.  It’s expensive and hard to find in some areas, but easily available through Amazon.

 

1 cup warm milk
1 package yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast into the warm milk.  Beat in 1 egg.
 
1 1/4 cups flour (I use a 50/50 mixture of Wondra and all-purpose flour)
1/2 tablespoon salt
Mix the flour and salt together in a separate bowl.  Add to milk, yeast, egg mixture.  Mix well.
  1. Slowly add an additional 1 1/2 cups of Wondra flour to the bowl.  I use a dough hook on my KitchenAid mixture and allow the flour to incorporate in.
  2. Place the dough onto a floured surface (all-purpose flour).
  3. Knead until smooth.
  4. Divide into 2 even loaves.  As you can see from the image in step #6, I’m sometimes careless when it comes to dividing the loaves evenly.  What may result is knedlíky that are not cooked completely (the center may still be raw).
  5. Cover with a clean dish cloth and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  6. Carefully place both loaves in a large pot filled with salted, boiling water for a total of 20 minutes (10 minutes per side).  I still use my mom’s old pot.  :)
    Melka Family Knedlíky

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  7. Place the boiled loaves on a plate, slice with thread, and enjoy!
    Melka Family Knedlíky

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1 comment to Czech Dumplings – Knedlíky

  • Renee

    I was so glad to find this recipe! My grandmother (babi) made them just like this (except that she used water, not milk to make it acceptable to be eaten with chicken/meat – to be kosher). Most recipes I’ve found so far called for adding cubed bread, which was NOT how babi made it. Thank you, thank you!