Prune Plum Dumplings

Yield: 18 dumplings
Prune Plum Dumplings

Prune Plum Dumplings

Memories of Grandma and Grandpa Schield, and times long gone by.
Prep time: 1 hourCook time: 20 MTotal time: 1 H & 20 M


For the Dumplings
  • 5 medium potatoes (peeled, boiled, mashed and cooled)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 18 damson or Italian prune plums (washed and pitted)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup small curd cottage cheese per serving


  1. Peel and boil potatoes for 25 minutes or so until they are soft in slightly salted water. 
  2. Allow them to cool enough to handle - or run through a ricer.
  3. Combine eggs and salt, adding to the cooled mashed potatoes and mix.  Start adding the flour and work with your hands until a soft dough begins to form - you may or may not use all of the flour listed.
  4. Cover dough ball and rest for 30 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the cooled mashed potatoes, eggs, and salt. When well combined, add flour and mix until a soft dough forms. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  6. Roll the prepared dough onto a lightly floured surface till the dough is about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut into squares and begin to wrap the dough around the dumpling. 
  7. Our family never pitted beforehand, as it's easier to keep the dough dry when wrapping, and the pit can be removed when serving.
  8. If you need to moisten the dough to seal, use your finger dipped in water.  It should not be necessary and any holes can be pinched together and held for a moment.
  9. When dumplings are rolled, bring a large pot of water to boil.  Using a spoon, gently lower the dumplings into the water and count 15-20 before adding the next.  Stir gently to keep the dumplings from sticking to the bottom.  Gently simmer until the plums begin to float and cook for around 20 minutes.
  10. Using a slotted spoon, lift and let drip for a moment, the cooked dumpling, then add to a plate that has had the cottage cheese spread on it. 
  11. Place dumpling in the center, drizzle with melted butter and cinnamon and sugar.
  12. Eat till your hearts content.
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