Knedle (from German knödel, "dumpling"), is a dish of boiled potato-dough dumplings filled with plums or apricots, originating in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.[1][2] Popular in Central and Eastern European countries, the dish is eaten as dessert, a main dish, or side dish.

knedle, plum-filled dumplings
Alternative namesKnödel, gomboce
Main ingredientsPotato dough, plums


It is known as plum dumplings in English, and in other languages as: Austrian German: Zwetschkenknödel, German: Zwetschgenknödel, Hungarian: szilvásgombóc,[3] Serbo-Croatian: Knedle od šljiva, Knedle or alternatively Gomboce in Vojvodina, Slovene: slivovi cmoki, Slovak: slivkové knedle,[3] Czech: švestkové knedlíky,[3] Polish: Knedle ze śliwkami,[4] Romanian: Găluște/Gomboți cu prune.[1]


The dough is made with mashed potatoes, eggs, and flour. The dough is flattened out and cut into squares. The plums (or apricots) are inserted inside the dumplings by hand.[5] Some versions of the dish use noodles instead of potatoes. The preparation can include removing the stone and stuffing the fruit with sugar. The plums are then completely wrapped in dough and dropped in boiling water. When they start floating, they are taken out, sprinkled with sugar, and served. They can also be served with breadcrumbs fried in butter and dusted in powdered sugar.

See also

  • List of dumplings
  • List of plum dishes


  1. Gelu Radu; Corina Radu. Cookbook from Transylvania and other places of the world (Carte de bucate ardelenesti si nu numa'): 150 illustrated step‑by‑step recipes, written in Transylvanian dialect and English. Fan Zone SRL. pp. 154–155. GGKEY:6P9PP2SUQ3H.
  2. Adamsbaum, Mark; Lengyel, Reka (2012). Dirty Hungarian: Everyday Slang from What's Up? to F*%# Off!. Ulysses Press. p. 151. ISBN 978-1612430539.
  3. The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. Oxford University Press. 1 April 2015. pp. 37–. ISBN 978-0-19-931361-7.
  4. Robert Strybel; Maria Strybel (2005). Polish Heritage Cookery. Hippocrene Books. pp. 478–. ISBN 978-0-7818-1124-8.
  5. "Hungarian Plum Dumplings Recipe - Szilvas Gomboc". Retrieved 19 December 2013.


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