Today I bring you traditional Peach Dumplings. After researching a bit these Peach dumplings have roots in Czech, Slovak, Bohemian and Jewish cultures. My great Grandma Vlcek made these when my mom was little, as my mom grew older my Great Grandmother taught her to make them. Every year around the last week of July we make these dumplings in remembrance of Great Grandma Vlcek. As I have grown up my mom has passed on the torch of making Peach Dumplings. When you think of Peach Dumplings you think of a sweet dessert but that is not the case with these, they make a yummy meal. Grandma always served the dumplings with Roasted Pork.
First you make potato dumpling dough then you wrap the dough around a peach with its skin on. We then top the cooked dumplings with cottage cheese, and melted butter; you can also sprinkle a bit of sugar on top which is delicious and very decadent. I never had the chance to meet Great Grandma but I know I would have loved her! From what I have been told about Great Grandma, she was a real hoot. You never knew what she was going to do next. Great Grandma was the person who taught my mom to cook, when Great Grandma passed on she left her precious cookbook to my mom.
I treasure this tangible piece of my Great Grandma! Every time I make a dish from the cookbook I feel closer to her. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does.
Potato Dumplings Recipe
6 medium potatoes, (use all-purpose)
1 tsp. salt
2 cups flour more or less if needed
Cover potatoes with water then boil until fork inserted into potato comes out easily. Once the potatoes have cooled, peel then using a potato ricer, rice potatoes into a large bowl. Form a well in the center of the potatoes and add the eggs. Add the flour and salt to the potatoes and mix with your hands. Knead until thoroughly mixed. The dough should be firm and stiff but not sticky.
Roll into fist sized balls. Drop into large pot of boiling salted water.
Cook 12 minutes. The dumplings should float to the top.
Peach Dumplings Recipe
6 Peaches, firm and just barely ripe, not too soft
You can lightly flour your hands but too much flour will toughen the dough.
Prepare potatoe dumpling recipe, according to directions above, but separate into 6 pieces . Flatten each piece into a “pancake” in the palm of your hand, flour your hands if the dough is sticky. Place a peach atop the “pancake”. Curl your fingers around the peach, work the dough around the peach and pinch seams to close, it’s important to close the seams securely. Finish the dumpling by rolling each one as you would roll a meatball, in your hands. This evens the dough over the peach and makes sure the seams are closed.
Drop each dumpling into the pot of boiling water and cook for about 20 minutes. Serve dumplings steaming hot in a large bowl. We serve one dumpling per person, cut each dumpling up then place cottage cheese on top of the dumpling then pour a touch of melted butter on top.