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škubánky recipe

Czech Škubánky s mákem

This is an autentic recipe for Czech škubánky s mákem, sweet treat from the Czech cuisine.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Czech
Keyword czech desserts, poppyseed recipe, škubánky
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 562kcal


Skubanky dough:

  • 1 ½ pounds potatoes (650 g)
  • 1 ½ cups water (360 ml)
  • 1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour (220 g)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 3 Tablespoons ground poppy seeds
  • 5 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons unsalted butter melted


  • Peel potatoes and dice them into medium dices about ½ inch in size.
  • Place diced potatoes in a pot, add water, and only cover the potatoes (that means not too much water). Salt the water.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce the temperature, cook potatoes for 15 minutes until soft.
  • Drain ½ water, keep the rest in a pot, set aside (no more cooking).
  • Crush the hot potatoes with a hand masher immediately, get a wooden spoon and make about 20 holes with its reverse side through the mashed potatoes until you reach the bottom of the pot.
  • Sprinkle flour evenly over mashed potatoes and cover the whole surface. Some flour will also fall into the holes.
  • Cover the pot with a lid, keep the steam going through the flour for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, mash the potatoes again. Get a wooden spoon and mix mashed potatoes in a smooth mass.
  • This step might be difficult, don’t give up and continue until “škubánky dough” is ready. It can take about 5-10 minutes.
  • Using two spoons dipped in lard, shape škubánky.
  • Place škubánky on a plate, dust with poppy seeds, powdered sugar, top with melted butter. Serve warm.


  • Makes 3 portions.
  • If possible, use potatoes high in starch like Russet or Yukon gold.
  • On the second day, you can fry škubánky from all sides in a pan with melted butter. They’ll get a nice crispy golden crust.


Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 1095mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 6mg