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Ovocné knedlíky (fruit dumplings)


This is a very typical national dish. Even though it is sweet, it is usually a main course rather than a dessert. Once you try them, you'll understand why -- they are quite filling.

Step 1: The Batter
3 1/2 tablespoons butter 
a bit of salt (leave out if butter is salted)
1 egg
1/4 pound grated farmer's cheese (dry farmer's cheese can usually be found at health food stores)
1 cup milk
4 cups flour

Mix the ingredients together in the order given.

Step 2: The Dumplings
Set a big pot of water to boil. Wash and drain or dry about 1 pound of fruit (strawberries, plums, apricots, or another relatively soft ripe fruit). There are two ways to make dumplings: 1) break off a small handful of batter and press the fruit into it, closing the batter around it; or b) roll the batter out and cut into squares and wrap the fruit up in them. Cook in boiling water for 5-8 minutes. Take one dumpling out and cut open to check for doneness.

Step 3: Dressing and Eating
Put the following three items in serving dishes with spoons (amounts are only approximate):
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 pound grated farmer's cheese
Each person puts a dumpling on his/her plate, and then sprinkles it with farmer's cheese, and sugar and drizzles some melted butter on top. Enjoy.

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