Something rather strange has happened this weekend here in Northern Germany. The sun, how strange that is, came out and suddenly it feels like Spring is on its way (when rather winter will be here soon..brrr..). Maybe the sun has started a secret (or now public) love affair with Northern Germany those past days (who knows, anything is possible) and I hope this love affair will never end (or at least not for the upcoming weeks…) Please dear northern Germany, be nice to the sun and treat her like a princess, so her shafts of sunlight might kiss the country for a little way longer…
(Ok, if you’ve stopped reading now and you think I’m really weird, than we share the same opinion 😀 ) ..But the picture below is the reason why you should definitely continue to read this post…
May I present to you: “Germknoedel” – or in english “steamed sweet dumplings”. Those cool looking ball shaped goodies are originally from southern Germany but why only make them there right? They are sooo easy to make because you only need a handful ingredients which are really cheap too. And you cannot imagine how fluffy they are and how good they smell…
Ok back to the story. You just can’t let those good looking dumplings sit alone on your plate, right? They need a little extra twist, like accessories that will complete your outfit. So we served them with self-made plum marmalade. Recipe is from the latest issue (autumn 2014) of the german magazine “Einfach Hausgemacht“. The vanilla sauce is in the cooking bible (thats how my mother calls it) cookbook “Meine Kochschule” by Johann Lafer. Great recipes, definitely to be recommended!
Me and my mother made the germknoedel in our steam oven (it’s a great additional kitchen machine). If you don’t own one then you can always search for “germknoedel” or “sweet steamed dumplings” recipes without the use of steam ovens on the internet. My dough recipe will be the same, just the cooking will be slightly different. You will have to boil up hot water, put a kitchen cloth over it and put the dough balls onto the cloth. They will be cooked with the steam of the hot water 😉
(I’m sure there will be lots of nice people on the internet who would love to help you get the hang of how to cook them.)
(makes about 8-10 pieces)
- 1 fresh yeast cube (42,5 g)
- 250ml lukewarm milk
- 500g flour
- 1tsp sugar
- a pinch of salt
- 50 g butter
- Mix the yeast with the lukewarm milk, add flour, sugar, salt and softened butter and knead for about 7 minutes until a smooth dough forms. (If you are making the dough by hand, turn it out on a lightly floured board.) Form the dough into a ball shape, place in a bowl and put in the steam oven (40°C) for about 15 minutes. You will be surprised by the size of the dough!
- Divide the dough in 8-10 same sized balls and put in the steam oven (40 °C) again for about 15 minutes.
- Put the dough balls into a bowl with little holes on the ground and cook for about 14 minutes by 100 °C
I hope you will try them soon, they are perfect for autumn and cold and cloudy days (but also perfect when the sun says hello from time to time). I would love to bite into the germknoedels after a long walk in the forest with coloured leaves and chestnuts as decoration on the table which you have just freshly picked..
Lovely end of the weekend to you guys, and I didn’t promise too much, right 😀