Making dumplings is a great way to get over that after-work slump of forgoing the dinner plans and diving into a bag of microwave popcorn (I fully admit to having done this), because even though it takes awhile, it's pretty easy, and I felt like a kid in science class watching an experiment! These two dough logs blow up and get all slimy in a big pot of boiling water. Don't worry, the slime subsides by the time they're ready to eat :)
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Time 1 hr 20 min
2 stale bread rolls
2 - 3 Tb butter
3 1/2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup (250 ml) water or milk
1) Cube the rolls into small squares and fry in the butter until a bit browned and crispy.
2) In a bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Add the already-whisked egg and liquid. Stir with a big wooden spoon, and use your hands to help. Add more flour if necessary. Should still be a little sticky. Add the bread roll pieces until mixed/mashed throughout the dough.
3) Split into two logs, cover and let sit for 25 - 35 minutes, and get a big (5 liters or more) pot of water boiling.
4) Slip both logs into the water, cover, and let boil away for 35 minutes. This will look really cool!
5) Scoop out, let cool just a little, and slice with thread. Yes - thread. While its cooking dig out a spool of whatever color you fancy, and wrap around your fingers like dental floss (maybe one could use floss too), and slice into 1 cm thick slices.
6) Eat with your favourite Czech meat 'n sauce combo (recipes to come soon!)
What about you? Have you ever made dumplings? Does this method sound about right? Would you be willing to try to make this, or does it sound like too much work? Suggestions/improvements/experiences are welcome :)
Dobrou Chut'/ Enjoy!