8 dumplings


15 min.


60 min.


20 min.


Yeast Dumplings

Germknödel are sweet German steamed rolls. You can find them on fairgrounds and in the ski resorts in Bavaria and Austria.


Sweet Yeast Dumplings

Angela Schofield
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine Bavarian, German
Servings 8 dumplings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup plum preserve or your favorite jam


  • Fill flour in a large bowl.
  • Form a little dent in the middle of the flour and place yeast and sugar into it.
  • Pour 1/2 cup warm milk over the sugar/yeast mix and stir gently together.
  • Cover with clean kitchen towel and allow to rest for about 20 minutes.
  • Melt butter in the remaining warm milk and pour into the bowl.
  • Add all other ingredients for the dough and mix well.
  • Knead for about 5 minutes.
  • Cover again with the kitchen towel and let rise for about 1 hour.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and shape each to a little ball.
  • Flatten the ball in your hand and fill with 1 tablespoon of preserve.
  • Close tightly by tucking the seams underneath so you will have a smooth globe on top.
  • Fill a large pan with about 1/2 inch of water and bring to a boil.
  • Set dumplings into the pan and cook on medium low heat for about 20–25 minutes.

Serving Tip:

Grind 1/4 cup of poppy seeds with a 1/4 cup of powdered sugar in a blender and sprinkle the mixture over the yeast dumplings and serve with vanilla sauce.