My Czechoslovakian Nana Edith used to make these every Summer. We'd look forward to her call telling us she found ripe peaches, & to please come to lunch. She taught my mother to make them & she taught me. They may take a little practice & patience, but are well worth it! We still make a meal of them, but are great after a big salad or small dinner. I usually use only four large peaches since the dough is the best part! Can be served hot, cold, or room temp. They can also be made smaller with apricots.
- 4 large ripe peaches
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 4-5 tablespoons cream or half-and-half
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- Stir together flour, eggs and four tablespoons of the cream until a stiff dough forms, just holds together.
- Add more cream ONLY if the dough isn't holding together.
- Mix in salt, Sugar & the melted butter.
- Knead on floured board until smooth, about 8-10 times.
- Cover with a warm bowl and let rest for 1/2 hour.
- Put a LARGE pot of lightly salted water on to boil.
- Wash and dry peaches, but DO NOT PEEL OR PIT!
- After dough has rested, cut into four equal pieces.
- Flatten& stretch each piece of dough around one peach.
- Make sure entire peach is covered& there are no holes!
- Place dumplings in boiling water, cover & cook for 20 minutes.
- Remove with slotted spoon, drain well & put each peach in its own bowl.
- Split the dumplings with two forks.
- We leave the pits in for presentation, but they can be taken out.
- Drizzle each dumpling with cinnamon sugar & clarified butter to taste.