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Plum dumplings with poppyseed topping.

Plum dumplings with poppyseed topping

This is a Czech recipe for delicious plum dumplings with poppy seed topping. Czechs most often enjoy them as a sweet lunch. Curious? Let's make the dumplings together!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Czech
Keyword fruit dumplings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 3 potatoes mid-sized
  • 7 oz (200 g) cream cheese
  • 1 and ½ cups (200 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ tsp salt

Poppyseed topping:

  • 4 Tbsp poppy seeds ground
  • 3 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter

Next, you need:

  • 10-12 pieces fresh plums preferably Italian prune plums


  • MAKE AHEAD: First, boil the potatoes in their skins in advance. Let them cool down completely.
  • Peel the cooked, cooled potatoes and grate them finely. Add the flour, eggs, cream cheese, and a pinch of salt to the bowl.
  • Work into a smooth, non-sticky dough. Add a little flour if necessary.
  • Shape the dough into a cylinder and cut it into equal-sized pieces on a floured surface.
  • Lightly press each piece of dough into the flour on both cut sides and shape it into a flat patty.
  • Wrap the halved plum in the dough and shape it into a round dumpling.
  • Cook the plum dumplings in gently boiling water for 8-10 minutes. There is no need to flip the dumplings during cooking.


  • SERVING: Serve the dumplings warm, cut them in half on the plate. Sprinkle with ground poppy seeds mixed with icing sugar and top with melted butter.
  • The exact amount of flour in the dough depends on the consistency of the cream cheese. Thinner, creamier cheese will need more flour and vice versa.
  • The plums need to be perfectly dry when processing the dumplings, as do your hands. Water causes erosion of the dough, it will fall apart, and you won't be able to close the dumplings.
  • Halve the plums for the dumplings. If they are sour, add a little granulated sugar between the plum halves.
  • If the dumplings stick to the bottom while cooking, loosen them with a fork so they can float to the surface.