Knedle sa šljivama {dumplings with plums}

Knedle sa šljivama {dumplings with plums}

There’s one thing that I love to eat that is close to my heart and takes me back to almost forgotten childhood memories. My late grandmother used to make these dumplings for my mother using small prune plums back in Croatia and when moving here my mother adapted the recipe using prunes as she could never find the right plums in Australia.

This is the variation I grew to love and I remember we sometimes had it for dinner or lunch. Using potato and prunes in the dough makes it savoury as well as sweet and with generous dollops of sour cream it’s absolute heaven. Unlike Mum’s, I’ve used butter and oil as the coating rather than just oil, used egg in the dough and sweetened the sour cream rather than just thinning it with milk. Sorry Mum, this is the next gen version …

knedle sa šljivama

serves 4


  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled, boiled, mashed & cooled
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 16 pitted prunes
  • 4 tbsp butter + 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • Caster sugar, to sprinkle
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar


In a large bowl combine the mashed potatoes, eggs and salt. Stir to combine then add the flour and mix until a dough forms.

Put on a large pot of water to boil.

Using lightly floured hands divide the dough into 16 balls.

Take each ball of dough and gently flatten it in your hand. Place a prune in the centre of each dough round, enclose it completely and roll it into a ball.

Drop the dumplings into the boiling water and cook at a simmer for 20 minutes. While they are cooking melt the butter with the oil in a large frying pan over low heat, add the breadcrumbs and allow them to brown a little.

In a small serving bowl combine the sour cream and sugar and stir to dissolve. Set aside.

Drain the cooked dumplings well and tumble into the butter/crumb mixture and toss gently to coat.

To serve, sprinkle the hot dumplings with sugar and dollop some sour cream as an accompaniment.

  • Sonja Falconer

    These are one of my most favourite things. My Mama passed away nearly 8 yrs ago and I miss all her cooking but she would only buy angelo or angelina plums for knedle and they were only available for a short time which was luckily in Feb which was our birthday month so this is what i always asked for! I can make them but not like Mama did. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Knedle must really be close to your heart, Sonja, and I’m sure you enjoy them every time you eat them. And I must agree, mine are nowhere as good as I remember my mum making, much like you.

      • Sonja Falconer

        Both my parents were Croatian and even though they called themselves Aussie Croats, we ate a range of different food as my precious Mama was a brilliant cook and could cook anything and everything from all different nationalities although her croatian dishes were our favourite! Knedle, sarma, restovani krompir, punjene paprike, all the different types of pita and then we have the Croatian walnut cakes, biscuits and strudels and apple ones etc etc etc and she made the best palicinke! But we all love our mothers cooking don’t we and it is comfort food! So glad I found your site and I’m looking forward to some more recipes from you as both my parents passed away and some recipes I took for granted and even though she tried to teach me how to cook them and I watched her cook them for years – she was the typical Croatian Mama who loved cooking for her family, especially when my brother and I left home and we came for a visit or she would bring food to our homes. You would leave her house with half her fridge and pantry! lol 🙂

        • Sonja Falconer

          I’m making knedle today but Angelo and Angelina plums are not in season and they are the only ones my Mama and Teta ever used so I am going to experiment with the ones I bought yesterday. Wish me luck! 😛

  • Maree Vrbanac

    Try apricots, my mother in law, a wonderful lady, has 2 of the plum trees and an apricot tree and she makes with both the fruits and as she has plenty of fruit there is a bundle of them in her freezer for all year, however, they never last that long in her freezer either.

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