The best part of MoFo is the blog feed. Almost 700 blogs, all in one feed makes it fun to just scroll down at random times and see what there is to see. A few days ago, I saw this:
And I couldn't believe my eyes! An Austrian blogger, Phoenix, blogging about Germknodel! (This is her picture). A childhood favorite of my husband, who had them on a ski trip to Austria when he was a boy, and has been talking about them ever since. I had to try to make them.
Problem: I did not have the delicious prune jam, aka: the FILLING for the knodels.
So, I decided to go to the farm and get some fresh, local apples and make an apple pie type filling for the Germknodels. When I came home, I made the dough.
I made the dough using Phoenix's recipe (which she so kindly clarified for me in the comments, if you need to know how to make the dough exactly, it is there. The only thing I would say is I think you do have to knead the dough and not just stir it before letting it rise!). It is a very easy dough, actually.
As with all things, I used white whole wheat flour. I can't recommend it enough. It is a little sweeter and nuttier than regular all-purpose flour. I cannot tolerate ap flour, it hurts my stomach, whereas the white whole wheat does not. Amazing. I use it for everything.
Here are pictures:
The "dampfl" that Phoenix explains in the comments section. I hope it is right!
The dough before it rises. You can see I had tried to "stir" it first, then I kneaded it. Still don't think I kneaded it enough before I let it rise. Not sure! It came out fine, though, so no worries I guess.
Anyway, while your dough is rising, make the filling!
Dawn's Apfel Knodel Filling:
4 large apples, peeled and chopped fairly small (I used two Honeycrisp and two Winesap, both local and low spray)
Juice from 1/2 an organic lemon
2/3 cup of organic sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
Put everything except the arrowroot in a medium saucepan. Heat it over medium heat, stirring gently. Keep stirring gently so that the sugar doesn't burn.
Obviously not the whole apples :-) That was just for fun. The one on the left is the Honeycrisp, on the right is the Winesap.
OK, here is how it looks before the juices start to go. Keep cooking it and stirring!
After a few minutes, the apples will start to give up their delicious juices. Once you have a good amount of juice in the pan with the apples, say after about ten or fifteen minutes, take a coffee cup or a measuring cup and push it into the apples to collect some of the juice (about 1/4 cup of juice if you can get it, less is OK too). Gradually whisk the arrowroot into the hot apple juice until it is all dissolved (I have a teeny tiny whisk that I use for purposes such as these). It will be very thick in the cup, almost like a paste. Now, pour the arrowroot mixture back into the apple mixture. Keep stirring. The rest of the apple liquid will congeal almost immediately. Let it cook a bit longer, until the apples are soft. Mine took about 25 minutes total. Two tablespoons may seem like a lot of arrowroot, but I wanted the consistency to be very gel like and not runny at all since it was going to go into dumplings to be steamed. It worked.
Now, you have to make your dumplings. Good luck! It's a little tricky. Honestly, I couldn't do it the way Phoenix said to, I don't think my dough was right for that. So, I used a Chinese dumpling filling technique that I learned on my cooking shows (thanks to Ming's mom!) and it worked well.
Here's the final product:
Now, I didn't have ground poppy seeds, so I decorated with black sesame seeds (there's that Asian influence again!). More filling on the side, since I can never get very much inside dumplings without them coming apart.
It came out pretty well overall.
I'm sure I have bungled Austrian cuisine and mangled the German language enough for one day, so I'll get to planning my next post, whatever the heck that is going to be :-)
Have a great day (or night, depending on where you are in the world!)