A delicious family recipe for Germknödel, one of my favourite Austrian winter treats. I use Austrian-made Stroh rum in this recipe to give it its authentic flavour.
For the steamed yeast dumplings
500gstrong white flour
Vanilla seeds from 1/2 vanilla pod or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the filling
Homemade vanilla sauce
How to make Germknödel
Combine all dumpling ingredients and knead for about 10 minutes. You should have a soft, smooth, workable dough – not too sticky and not too dry.
Place the dough in a plastic bowl, cover and leave to rise somewhere warm for an hour or two until it has doubled in size. How quickly the rise happens depends on the temperature in the room, so be patient in case it takes a little longer.
In a small bowl, mix Powidl and rum.
Lightly flour a clean work surface and turn out the dough.
Punch down the dough, form the dough into a sausage shape and divide into 10 pieces with your dough scraper.
Flatten each piece with your hand.
Place a teaspoon of Powidl mixture into the centre of the flat round dough piece.
Bring up the sides of the dough around the plum jam and seal well by pinching the edges.
Place each dumpling onto the floured work surface or baking sheet, cover with a dish towel and leave to prove for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. The Germknödel should have visibly risen before you continue.
Bring a large pan of water to the boil and use a steamer (I use a bamboo steamer) lined with baking paper to steam the dumplings for 15 minutes. I can fit four dumplings into my steamer at a time. Make sure you cover the steamer with a lid.
If you don’t have a steamer, you can use a cotton dish towel which you put over the pan. Secure it with twine and make sure the cloth isn’t exposed to the heat source. Place the dumplings onto the cloth and cover with a second pot.
Serve and enjoy straight away. Pour over hot vanilla sauce and sprinkle with a mix of ground poppy seeds and icing sugar.