Szilvás gombóc (Plum dumplings)

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Szilvás gombóc (Plum dumplings)

9-10 dumplings

500g potatoes
1 tbsp sugar
2 large eggs
5 tbsp flour (+an extra amount needed; 90g of flour sufficed in my case)
9-10 large plums (and ripe, for the best results!)

+water and salt
+3 tbsp butter
+6 tbsp breadcrumbs
+sugar or brown sugar
+cinnamon (for those who love it; I adore it!)

During my childhood years, you could bet where I'd be in August: in the home of my grandparents, in Bod. Which are the flavours that remind me most of my early August months? Plums, in the dumplings that my family has been preparing based on the same recipe for tens of years (I adapted it... but only a little)... which were one of the greatest treats made by my grandmothers.

Wash the potatoes well and let them boil with their skins on. When they are ready, peel them and mash them with the potato masher or even with a fork, in a large bowl.
Mash the potatoes
Add a pinch of salt, the sugar, the eggs, 3 tablespoons of flour and 2 more and keep adding flour until the dough is sticky, but not very sticky.
The dough has this texture after the first 5 tablespoons of flour
On a baking mat, scatter flour generously. The washed plums (I don’t like to take their stones out; this is how I used to eat the plum dumplings as a child) are one by one covered in a piece of dough and the small ball is then rolled through the flour.
The plum dumplings ready for boiling
In a large pot, put water and salt to boil. When the water starts boiling, add the dumplings; when they rise to the surface, they are ready. You can roll them through the breadcrumbs that have already been browned in butter.
I like my plum dumplings warm and my Mom used to serve them with brown sugar mixed with cinnamon. Regular sugar is also a good idea. the (less likely) case that plum dumplings are left (I like to boil them all at once), they keep well for 1-2 days in the fridge. You can reheat them in the oven before savouring them all over again. Marcel helped me a lot – to prepare them and to eat them. J

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