Most of my posts are mental health-related, but I have kept my promise and written about other interests that enrich my life. One of my many loves in life is cooking. I’ve written a couple of food-related posts in the past. Today I’m sharing my Czech (Bohemian) mother-in-law’s Strawberry Dumplings (Jahodové knedlíky). They are indulgent yummy balls of paradise. We ate them last night for dinner. Czechs usually eat them as a lunch, with 6-8 dumplings per person, but most people outside of Czech Republic may consider them a dessert. Three to four dumplings would be plenty for that.
The month of May marks the start of strawberry season in my area. I’ve noticed they are getting cheaper in my grocery stores. So this is the time to make these wonderful buggers. Other than fresh strawberries, all you need are basic pantry ingredients, plus farmer’s cheese. Never had farmer’s cheese? There is a chance your grocery store carries it near the cottage cheese section, but please please do NOT use cottage or ricotta cheese. They don’t work in this recipe.
Bohemian Strawberry Dumplings
- 1/2 lb plain farmer cheese, plus more for topping (In my area, Friendship brand is preferred, if another is used, flour amount may need adjustment)
- 1 egg
- 6 Tbs all-purpose flour (Note: May need more if farmer cheese is very wet)
- pinch of salt
- 12-15 standard-size strawberries, washed and greens removed, or extra small Italian prune plums, stems removed (no need to pit)
- melted butter (for topping)
- small bits of farmer cheese (for topping)
- confectioner’s sugar (for topping)
- whipped cream (optional)
I have received concerns that farmer’s cheese may not be available in your area. Please do ask. I didn’t know about it until my husband introduced me to it, and then I discovered it was available all along. If it isn’t, and you have the motivation, try making your own with the recipe at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/73981/home-made-farmers-cheese/
I’m a little concerned that substitutes may not work. Given this, if you can’t find farmer’s cheese, try the following recipe for cottage cheese pancakes. It’s almost as yummy.
Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Ingredients: 1 cup cottage cheese (not tangy, and not Lactose free, but fat free is fine), 2 eggs, 1.5 Tbs veggie/canola oil, and 5 Tbs all-purpose flour. Mix together well. Drop in 1/3 cups full onto large skillet sprayed with non-stick spray or lightly greased. Cook like regular pancakes. Top with raspberry or strawberry jam/jelly, fresh berries, whipped topping or plain yogurt. Yum!