Friday, March 4

Hot Plum balls in a potatoe winter coat

Plum balls(Slivkove gule, gombolce)Posted by Hello

Believe it or not, England has got more snow than the North Pole.
Well, not quite, but you know what I mean. The schools are closed, the traffic has downsized, people are wearing three scarves and 'yetti' boots...
Otherwise, it is absolutely lovely outside and I love it! I dress up my greyhound in his fleeced Blizzard coat ( , pull my Russian-style winter hat on and walk out into the crunchy snow, towards the village supermarket.
As it is sooo cold outside, I am still in the mood for winter warmers. Today, I thought of a fantastic Slovak-Hungarian (see my post Music in the kitchen - comments for a brief national history) classic - Hot plum balls in a potatoe winter coat.

600 g potatoes
200 g plain flour
1 egg
2 bread rolls

fried breadcrumbs with icing sugar
OR poppyseeds processed with sugar
OR quark mixed with sugar
100 g butter
Dough preparation:
Cook the potatoes in their skin and cool.
Warm the milk slightly and add the bread rolls cut into pieces. Leave to soak.
When the potatoes have cooled down, peel them and press them through a chunky sieve
Then add the salt, flour, egg and the bread rolls (taken out and got rid of the excess milk).
Mix everything thouroughly until a firm dough is formed.
Prepare a floured work surface and roll the dough to 3-4 mm thickness. Then cut it into squares (according to the size of the plums) into which we will wrap the plums(washed and stoned). Roll each plum wrapped in dough between your palms until you get nice balls.
Prepare a large saucepan with water and bring it to the boil. Drop the plum balls into it and cook for about 5-7 minutes until they come to the surface.
Take them out, rinse in cold water (to aovid further cooking of the dough) and put in a serving bowl.
Topping preparation:
To make the sweet breadcrumb topping - add a dollop of butter to the heated pan. Once the butter is melted, add the breadcrumbs, icing sugar(to your taste) and fry until golden in colour.
To make the poppyseed topping - process the poppyseeds with icing sugar (in a food blitzer).
To make the quark topping - mix the quark with icing sugar and lemon rind.

Once you have the topping of your choice, spoon it on top of the balls, pour hot melted butter over it (apart from the quark topping) and finish with a spoonful of hot jam(plum is nice).

Have a lovely meal!


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