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German bread dumplings (Semmelknoedel)

German bread dumplings (Semmelknoedel)

Eatforhealth's picture


Semmelknoedel is a specialty of German cuisine. Prepare this German pasta with bread, with which you can accompany dishes with roast pork or game, any meat with sauce or with mushrooms in a creamy sauce.



Prep time10 minutes
Cooking time50 minutes
Total time1 hour


1⁄2 lb
stale French bread (diced)
1 c
2 T
Onion (chopped)
1 T
parsley (chopped)


Step 1

Place the bread cubes in a large bowl. Heat the milk until it begins to bubble at the edges, then pour it over the bread cubes. Stir briefly to coat the bread. Let soak for 15 minutes.


Step 2

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the onions and stir until softened. Add the parsley and remove from the heat. Pour into the bowl with the bread along with the eggs, salt and pepper. Use your hands, pressing the dough through your fingers until it's smooth and sticky.


Step 3

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. The water should be at least 8 to 10 centimeters deep. When the water is boiling, make a test dough about the size of a small orange or tangerine by punching and rolling it between wet hands. Drop them gently into the boiling water. If it sinks, the dough is too wet. In this case, add some breadcrumbs to the remaining batter.


Step 4

Shape the rest of the dough into large round pieces and carefully drop into the boiling water. Simmer for 20 minutes, then remove to a plate with a large slotted spoon. They should come out soft, spongy and delicious!


cp3o's picture

Looks delicious, but you have left out the amounts for eggs,salt and pepper. The allrecipes site will fill in the correct amounts.

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

The salt is for this additional flour.  Without it, the dumplings will fall apart in the boiling water and a real mess will ensue.