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Plum Dumplings cut open on a white plate. In the background you can see a bowl of Italian prune plums and another bowl with Dumplings
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Best Plum Dumplings (Zwetschgenknödel)

A traditional recipe for German Plum Dumplings (Zwetschgenknödel). A perfect autumn treat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Austrian, czech, German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 dumplings
Calories 240kcal
Author Marita


For the dough

  • 100 g butter 3.5 oz at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg medium size, at room temperature

To make the dough with quark use...

  • 250 g quark 8.8 oz
  • 150 g flour 5.2 oz

To make the dough with Greek yogurhurt use...

  • 100 g greek yoghurt 3.5 oz
  • 200 g plain flour 7 oz

For the plum filling

  • 10-15 Italian prune plums or use another plum variety. The number of dumplings you can get from your dumplings depends on the size of your plum.
  • 50 g granulated sugar 1.7 oz
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 100 g breadcrumbs 3.5 oz
  • 100 g butter 3.5 oz


  • Using a Stand or hand mixer, whisk together the butter, sugar and salt until creamy. Carefully mix in the egg and quark/yoghurt.
  • At last, add the flour to the bowl and combine it into a homogenous dough. The dough should not be sticky. Add a little more flour if you find it sticks too much to your fingers.
  • Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and place it in the fridge to rest for around 30 minutes
  • In the meantime, combine the sugar and ground cinnamon in a little bowl and mix well.
  • Wash the plums.  Make a lengthwise incision on one side of the prune and remove the stone from the inside. Fill the core of the plums with a teaspoon of cinnamon sugar mixture and set aside.
  • Once the dough finished resting in the fridge, remove it and divide the dough into 10 equal portions. (The exact quantity will depend on the size of your plums. The plums will not be equally sized. So not worry if your dumplings have different sizes as well.)
  • Take a portion of the dough and flatten it with your hands. Add the ready filled plum in the middle and wrap the dough around the fruit. Ensure that you close the seams of the dough well, as otherwise, they might open in the water. Repeat until all the dough is used up.
  • Leave your raw dumplings to rest on a plate for a further 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • In the meantime, heat water with ½ teaspoon of salt in a large pot. There should be enough water in the pot to coat the dumplings. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat, as the dumplings suppose to only “Simmer” not “wildly boil”.
  • Place the dumplings into the water and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes. You might have to do this in stages depending on the size of your pot.
  • In a separate frying pan melt the butter. Then add the breadcrumbs and fry until golden brown. Remove from the heat.
  • Once the dumplings are cooked, remove them with a slotted spoon. Add them to the pan with the breadcrumbs and roll them around until coated.
  • Serve warm. Before serving sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or serve with vanilla sauce.


I would strongly recommend referring to the step by step recipe photos in the main post. I also offer some recipe variations in the main post. 

What to serve with plum dumplings?

There are a variety of condiments that go well with these sweet dough balls. Sauces or fruit compote compliment the crispy, doughy texture of the knödel.
Here are some suggestions:

Can I prepare this dish in advance?

If you want to make this dish in advance, I suggest making the dough and store it in the fridge overnight. Then simply fill the dumplings and cook them on the day it is served.
Another piece of advice would be to fully prepare the dumplings and then store them on a floured plate overnight. Make sure you cover the dumplings with cling film.

Can you freeze Plum Dumplings?

You can freeze the plum dumplings before cooking them. You can place them frozen in the simmering water, but up the cooking time by 5 minutes. Then coat the balls with breadcrumbs and serve.


Serving: 1dumpling | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg