I really really like apricots, so when I noticed at the market last week that whereas you can still buy nectarines and peaches, apricot-season is already over, I got kind of sad! Luckily though, when it comes to food, I am like a squirrel and tend to develop severe compulsive hoarding. That's why already some weeks ago, I bought bright yellow apricots with cute red cheeks and crimson freckles and put them in the freezer. Last week, I decided to use some of them for one of my all time favorite sweets: Marillenknödel - apricot dumplings! I love the tartness of the apricot, the sweetness of the sugar cube which you hide inside the apricot and the gooey texture of the curdcoating! Not to mention the roasted breadcrumbes and melted butter in which you drown the dumplings. Yumm, yumm!
And since there are multiple mantles - the apricot for the sugar, the curddough for the apricot - I would like to nominate this recipe for the blog event "in Hülle und Fülle"!
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250 gr of curd cheese
20 gr of soft butter
1 egg yolk
70 gr semolina
60 gr flour
2 tsp of vanilla sugar
6 apricots (you can even use small plums)
6 sugar lumps
pinch of salt
20 gr. of butter per person
20 gr. of breadcrumbs per person
pinch of sugar
Strain the curd cheese in a sieve. Do that up to 4 hours before you make the dumplings. The drier the curd the better.
Mix the curd cheese, the egg yolk, the butter, the semolina, the vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt. Add the flour until you get a dough that is no longer super sticky. Roll the dough into a log and cut off 6 pieces.
Cut open the apricots, take out the stone and replace it with a sugar cube. Take some flour on your hands and form the six dough pieces into round patties. Use one for every apricot, carefully wrapping the dough around the apricot. Make sure that the fruit is entirely covered.
Bring water to a boil in a large pot. When simmering, put in the dumplings and let them boil for about 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, roast the breadcrumbs with the butter in a pan, add some sugar (about a teaspoon) if you want to.
Take the dumplings out of the water, drain them, and put them on a plate. Sprinkle with buttered and roasted breadcrumbs and enjoy!
Serves 2-3 people, depending on the size of the apricots used.