Bavarian Semmelknoedel/Bread Dumplings Recipe

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This is a very traditional bread dumpling that is served in restaurants in Austria and Bavaria. This is a perfect dumpling to serve with a stew that has rich sauce. Please see my recipe for Austrian Goulash, which is also a delicious beef stew with a rich paprika tomato sauce. This is so comforting!
This pairs well with pork, too. Please click on my URL link to see how I make this on my blog, "A Feast for the Eyes".

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Servings: 10-12 dumplings


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  • 8 hard french-style rolls (one loaf French bread); at least one day old
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup whole milk, scalded
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, chopped


  1. NOTE: You want to be sure that the bread is "stale" by at least one day.
  2. Slice the bread into 1/4 inch thickness.
  3. In a large bowl, add the bread slices, whisked egg, fresh parsley and kosher salt.
  4. Scald the milk to be very hot, but not boiling. Pour that over the bread mixture, cover with a towel or lid and allow to soak for a few minutes.
  5. When the milk has cooled to be a safe temperature for your hands, mix the bread mixture until clumped together. Don't over mix, though! You want all of the ingredients to bind together. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more scalding milk.
  6. With wet hands, form into six balls.
  7. Chill for 15-30 minutes (or overnight).
  8. In a pot of salted boiling water, cook for 15-20 minutes.
  9. This makes a perfect side dish with a stew that has a rich gravy.
  10. For leftover dumplings, slice like cooked potatoes. Fry in some bacon and onion, until lightly browned and pour a whisked egg over. Delicious!
  11. NOTE: Some people said that their dumplings fell apart in the water, which has never happened to me. When forming the balls, I squeeze the wet bread mixture a bit to firm it up, and roll them together with a firm touch. It's sort of like making meatballs, if you've ever done that. By chilling them, I make sure that everything binds together well.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 64g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 111  
Calories from Fat 26 23%
Total Fat 2.98g 4%
Saturated Fat 1.02g 4%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 440mg 18%
Potassium 82mg 2%
Total Carbs 16.44g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1.0g 3%
Sugars 1.45g 1%
Protein 4.51g 7%



  • Jennifer
    May 12, 2015
    I made these to go with your goulash recipe! Delicious and a perfect accompaniment. I had a long baguette that had been sitting on my counter for 5 days and it was actually pretty hard to slice, but worked perfectly for this. Since it was a long baton, it actually made 8 large noodles. Again- thank you!
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