|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 3 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 22g||28%|
|Saturated Fat 13g||64%|
|Total Carbohydrate 102g||37%|
|Dietary Fiber 10g||34%|
|Total Sugars 66g|
|Vitamin C 153mg||767%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
A fun dessert or main dish for a weekday, plum dumplings ("Zwetschgenknödel") are a classic German "Mehlspeise" for the fall. The tart plums contrast nicely with the quark dumpling and cinnamon sugar.
If you are serving these for a meal, three or four per person are probably enough. If these are for dessert, one or two per person are fine.
1 cup quark, or yogurt cheese
10 tablespoons butter, divided
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 large egg
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Dash kosher salt
12 sugar cubes
4 to 5 pieces Zwieback, crushed (or 1 cup breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup cinnamon sugar (or confectioners' sugar)
Gather the ingredients.
Pour off any liquids from quark or yogurt cheese and pat dry.
Mix quark, 7 tablespoons softened butter, and sugar until smooth. Stir in egg and lemon zest.
Stir or sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix into batter to form a smooth, soft dough.
Refrigerate dough for about 1 hour.
Heat a large pan of salted water to boiling and reduce heat to simmer.
Wash plums and slit them halfway (down "seam" is good) to remove pit. Replace pit with a sugar cube and press cut sides together.
Using about 1/12th of the dough, form a ball with floured hands, then press ball flat on a well-floured surface. Wrap dough around a plum and pinch to seal well.
Simmer plums in hot water until done, 15 to 25 minutes, depending on size. The only way to tell if they are done is to test one or through experience. The water should not boil because that makes dough fall apart.
While they are simmering, melt remaining butter in a pan and stir in Zwieback or bread crumbs. Heat and toast crumbs.
Remove dumplings and drain well. Roll in buttered crumbs and serve with cinnamon and sugar or sprinkled with powdered sugar. You could also serve them with vanilla sauce or whipped cream.
- These are best fresh but can be placed on a cookie sheet and kept warm for awhile before serving.