Recipe by Romanian Food for Foreigners
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400g of potatoes, peeled and chopped for boiling
100g of plain flour
1 teaspoon of oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of caster sugar
As many fresh plums as you need, halved with stones removed
1 tablespoon of butter
Icing sugar (or fine regular sugar will do)
1. Boiled the potatoes and mash them up, adding the flour, oil, caster sugar, and salt. Leave it to cool.
2. Knead it for a while to obtain a good smooth dough. This dough won’t be like bread dough, it’ll be softer.
3. Take a golf ball-sized lump of the dough, flatten it in your hand until it’s about 1cm thick, place the stoned plum in the middle (the two halves back together again), and wrap the dough around it, shaping it into a ball with an approximately even covering of dough all around by gently rolling it between your palms.
4. Repeat this until you are either out of plums or out of dough.
5. Drop your balls into a pan of hot salty water (ouch!). The water should be just on the point of boiling, but if the water is too hot it might break them apart, and you don’t want that.
6. Cook them in the now simmering water for about 3-5 minutes. They should be floating; if there aren’t, let them cook some more and give them a minute or two extra after they float to the top. It’s better to cook them in batches if your pan is quite small.
7. Remove them, drain them.
8. While they are cooking, very gentle brown the breadcrumbs in a dry pan until it just changes color. Be careful not to but them or they’ll taste bitter. Once they are a nice golden color (only takes a minute) stir in the rest of the sugar.
9. Roll the still hot and little moist dumplings in the breadcrumb mixture until they are well coated.
10. Can be eaten cold, but best served immediately with generous splot of your favorite jam and a little cream.