Oma's Dampfnudeln (German Steamed Buns)
➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson
Dampfnudeln, those delicious German steamed dumplings (literal translation: steamed noodles), are the perfect recipe to learn since they can be used as a main course and a dessert course. Thankfully, it's a recipe that's not at all hard to master.
Popular in southern Germany, these are usually something people remember from their Oma's kitchen. Steaming hot Dampfnudeln, either covered with a most delicious gravy or else with a silky vanilla sauce poured all around. Yes, above, it's covered in gravy.
I was in such a hurry to eat the Dampfnudeln in the photo at the top, that I totally forgot to put the veggies on the plate. After all, who needs veggies when this steamed bun is drenched in roulades gravy? Even the rouladen aren't necessary!
Dampfnudeln are also known as German steamed buns ... because they truly taste like freshly baked buns, only without a crusty interior ... but a yummy crusty bottom.
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... by NOT using a knife and fork to cut into these dumplings! Use two forks or two spoons to gently pull apart the steamed roll to expose the fluffy interior.
Once pulled apart, pour in the gravy or sauce. Yes, you can use your knife and fork to help cut it into pieces to eat, but just make sure you use those 2 forks or spoons to start with :)
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Although it's unlikely that there will be leftovers (unless you make more than you need), they are delicious sliced and fried in butter the next day. Topped with your favorite gravy/sauce, you'll enjoy them this way as well.
I've also added the leftover Dampfnudeln on top of some simmering goulash soup I was cooking the following day. Covered and left to warm, they were ready to eat in about 5 - 10 minutes and fit wonderfully with the soup. A yummy "left-over" meal. Tasted just like freshly-made.
Before you start, check your yeast!
Yeast is a living organism. At least, it should be for it to work in baking. That's why the little packets one buys have an expiry date.
I had a packet lying around and, oops, it was expired by just 2 months. I figured I'd test it first and see if it still had life in it. I'm glad I tested it. Below, you'll see the result. On the left, the expired pack and on the right, a fresh pack.
Just put 2 tbsp lukewarm water into a small bowl. Lightly stir in 1 tsp sugar and 1 tsp yeast. Let sit, undisturbed for 10 minutes. It should get all bubbly and increase in volume. If it does, go ahead and continue with the recipe. If not, STOP! Don't even attempt to bake with this. It will be a flop! Ask me how I know ;)
Before you start, pre-warm your eggs!
When baking with yeast, all ingredients should be at room temperature.
But, what if you forgot to take the eggs out of the fridge earlier to let them warm up? Easy, just submerge them in a bowl of very warm (not hot ... you don't want to cook these!) water while you wait for the yeast to proof.
Is your yeast good? Are your eggs warm? Ready to make Oma's Dampfnudeln?
Oma's Dampfnudeln - Steamed Dumplings
Dampfnudeln, those delicious German steamed dumplings (literal translation: steamed noodles), are the perfect recipe to learn since they can be used as a main course and a dessert course.
Thankfully, it's a recipe that's not at all hard to master.
50 min + 1.5 hr rising
Makes 8 - 10 dumplings
- 2 tbsp lukewarm water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp active dry yeast
- ¼ cup lukewarm milk
- Optional for sweet dumplings: 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- ¼ cup soft butter
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 - 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups milk
- 3 tbsp butter
- pinch salt
- Optional for sweet dumplings: 1 tbsp sugar,1 tsp vanilla, lemon rind
- Grease a baking sheet and set it aside.
- To make the dumplings, add the water into a small bowl, add the yeast, and 1 tsp sugar. Stir and let sit 10 minutes. (This mixture should become bubbly, indicating that the yeast is "alive & working". If it's not, throw out and use new yeast.)
- In a large bowl, cream the butter with the 2 tbsp sugar (if using) and add the eggs, milk, and salt. Stir in the yeast mixture. Mix in enough flour to make a rough dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead well until a smooth dough forms, adding more flour as necessary. Put the dough into a clean bowl. Cover and let sit in a warm draft-free place until double in size, about 1 hour.
- Punch down. Shape the dough into 8 - 10 dumplings (about 1-inch in diameter)
- Place the dumplings onto the greased baking sheet. Cover lightly and let rise about half an hour in a warm, draft-free place.
- In a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, place all the poaching ingredients. Bring to a simmer. Add the dumplings, making sure they are not overcrowded.
- Cover and simmer over low heat for about 20 - 25 minutes until you hear the butter sizzling meaning that all the milk has evaporated. Do not open the lid during this poaching time or the dumplings will stop rising.
- Open the lid, either as soon as you hear them sizzling or at 25 minutes even if you don't hear them sizzling. Check that the tops are firm to the touch. Leave the lid off and continue to simmer to evaporate any remaining liquid and let the bottoms become browned in the butter.
- Serve immediately, using two forks to make a hole in the top of the dumpling into which gravy or vanilla/fruit sauce is poured.
- The "sweet" dumplings can also be served with a topping of melted butter, poppy seeds, and sugar
- If you use a glass-lidded saucepan, you can watch to make sure everything is simmering properly
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