Authentic Bavarian Semmel Knoedel (Bread Dumplings)

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“These traditional bread dumplings from Austria and Bavaria make a wonderful accompaniment to a rich gravy, goulash or stew. Just like my Oma made. Enjoy! I've translated the recipe from the delightful German blog, Wolkenfees Kuche.”
4 dumplings

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Slice the rolls into 1/4-inch thickness.
  2. Place slices into a large bowl and pour the warm milk over; let soak for 10 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg with the parsley and season to taste with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  4. Pour parsley mixture into bread/milk mixture and knead together, then wet your hands and form the dough into four round dumplings.
  5. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  6. Place dumplings carefully into the water and simmer (do not boil) for 15 minutes, until done.
  7. Remove dumplings with a slotted spoon into a colander to drain.
  8. Serve with stew or goulash or gravy.
  9. Note: You can make Bretzen Knoedel (Bavarian Pretzel Dumplings) by substituting about 2 cups of soft pretzels (large, soft bakery style), for the French rolls.

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