Potato Dry Plum Dumplings

These Potato Dry Plum Dumplings consisting of a potato dough stuffed with sweet plums and rolled in toasted sweetened breadcrumbs are a delightful irresistible dessert.

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Potato Plum Dumplings are a traditional Eastern European dish that reminds me a lot of childhood as both my grandmother and my mother used to make them pretty often every fall.

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These potato plum dumplings are usually made with fresh dark plums like in this recipe but works as well with the dried ones, this way you can make them all year round. It is best to serve these Potato Dry Plum Dumplings while still warm sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Enjoy!

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Potato plum dumplings - an Eastern European recipe for a delightful dessert. Potato dough stuffed with sweet plums and rolled in toasted breadcrumbs- DELICIOUS.
Servings 70 servings
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 2 pounds (1kg) yellow potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp (30g) butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups (250g) flour


  • dry plums


  • 1 ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp (30g) oil
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar


  • Boil the potatoes with their skin on, until soft. Peel them and mash them well, you can also use a grater. Let cool completely.
  • Meanwhile in a medium frying pan mix well breadcrumbs with oil and cook on low-medium heat until golden brown. Stir constantly to prevent burning. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. When cool enough stir in sugar and cinnamon. 
  • In a large bowl mix the mashed potatoes with egg, butter and flour until they bind together. knead until a smooth, sticky dough is formed. 
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Take a walnut size of the potato dough and form small balls after inserting one dry plum in the middle of each.
  • Put the dumplings into the hot water. Let the dumplings boil until they come to the surface of the water. Let them boil on the surface another 2 more minutes and they are done. Remove the dumplings with a perforated spoon and roll them in breadcrumbs mixture. 
  • Sprinkle the rest of breadcrumbs mixture or sugar over the dumplings and serve hot or cold.  


Serving: 1gCalories: 46kcalCarbohydrates: 8.4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSugar: 2.2g
Calories: 46kcal
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: dumplings, gomboti, plum, potato, potato plum dumplings

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  1. Soni Author says:

    What a lovely recipe!Love the sweet plums inside,surely must be fantastic 🙂

  2. Kat Author says:

    These are so unique (for me) I’ve never heard of a sweet dessert using plain old potatoes. It’s Ramadan here in Turkey and at the end of it, there is a holiday called Bayram, people visit and everyone provides sweets to eat. I might try these, but maybe half the quantity. Do you think apricots would work inside? Thanks!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Yes you can try only half of the quantity, to reduce the amount of work. These potato dumplings are pretty common in the East Europe and as I know their origin is from Italy. I personally love them . I still didn't try using apricots even though I did have in mind. I see no problem in using apricots instead of plums, but as I never tried I don't know if it's going to be a success or not. I don't see why not. If you try, please let me know, I am very curious too.  Thanks for visiting my blog. Keep in touch. 

  3. katja Author says:

    These (Knödel) have been my favourite since I was a kid. Both my mum and myself always used fresh plums (zwetschgen – small plums with a bluish tinge), though, they give the whole a wonderfully fruity, not too sweet flavour. To garnish, one can also sprinkle a little cinnamon, or pre-mix it with sugar.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Katja you are right, this is something that usually is made with fresh plums. I actually made this with fresh plums this autumn for few times and turned just great. By the time I posted the recipe, here I could not find fresh plums and discovered that with the dried ones works very  good too. So the good news is that we actually can do this dessert all the year round with either fresh or dried plums… yuhuuu :). Yes cinnamon works very well for those who like it. I did with and without and were delicious anyway. I am glad that I find people appreciating this dessert as much as I do:) Thanks for stopping by. 

  4. Maja Author says:

    “Knedle sa šljivama” as we call them in Serbia will always be among my favorite homemade desserts 🙂 We usually use fresh plums but in the wintertime, dried ones presoaked in warm water would do just fine or even homemade plum jam, which is pretty thick and there’s no risk of it leaking out. I have a huge craving just writing about it 😀 Cheers!

  5. Cornel Author says:

    That’s a lovely recipe! I personally replaced the dried plums with fresh plums and love it. Next time I’ll try to replace the plums with apricots or peaches.

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