Germknodel is fluffy spherical dumpling adorned with sugar, spicy plum jam, poppy seeds and butter. This Austrian dessert is eaten with vanilla sauce. It is also served as a main course in some Catholic regions. The most important ingredient of this Germknodel recipe is yeast. The presence of yeast, makes it fluffy. This bun shaped dumpling is a little large around 15 centimeters in diameter and serves one person. This dish is also referred as ‘yeast ball’.


History of Germknodel

This dish originated in the South and East of Austria and Germany. It was considered as a poor man’s food, since it was made with basic ingredients like flour, milk, yeast, sugar, salt and butter. Today, it is relished in Austria and is a great attraction of this place. The origin of Germknodel is grounded in Bavaria and it can be commonly found in the menus of local restaurants.


Ingredients and Preparation Method

Germknodel recipe would require the following ingredients, flour, dry yeast, egg yolk, milk, butter, salt, sugar, spicy plum jam, poppy seeds and vanilla cream sauce. The preparation method is quite simple. However, steaming the dumplings can be time consuming.  All the ingredients are mixed together, except softened butter and plum jam. Butter is poured over the top once the dumplings are steamed and the spicy plum jam is stuffed inside the dough before steaming. The other ingredients can be added to the dough while kneading.


Serving Style of Germknodel

It is best served with melted butter and vanilla cream sauce. This dish can be garnished with poppy seeds. It can also be served with fruits. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar for additional taste.


Popular Variations of Germknodel

Different types of sauces or jams can be used to make some changes to the Germknodel recipe. It can either be made sweet or savory. Flavoring the dough with different ingredients is a popular variation of Germknodel.


Health and Nutritive Value of Germknodel

This dish is high in calories and carbohydrates. However, it is also rich in protein due to its egg content.