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Hungarian plum dumplings – szilvásgombóc

Szilvas Gomboc, plum dumplingsA family favourit and children’s delight. Ripe plum with a bit of sugar and a hint of cinamon encased in a soft potato dough cooked then rolled in toasted breadcrumbs.


For the dumplings

  • 800g potato, (cooked, peeled and mashed)
  • 1 medium egg
  • 300 g flour – (or as much as your potatoes take to make a soft kneedable dough)
  • salt

The filling:

  • 20 small damson plum, stoned – if making it from a larger fruit can use a half for each dumpling.
  • 3 tablespoons of caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder


  • 3 tablespoons of sunflower oil
  • 100 g breadcrumbs


  1. Cook the potatoes in whole with skin on. Drain, let them cool a bit, peel then mash finely and let it cool completely.
  2. When cold add the egg and work in as much flour as the potato would take on, should result in a soft dough but not too sticky.
  3. on a very well floured desk, roll out in a square shape just over pencil width, (about 10mm), cut into more or less equal squares 4”x4”(100mm x 100mm).
  4. Wash and stone the plums, fill each with half a teaspoon of cinnamon sugar mixture.
  5. Place a plum on each dough square, pinch the four corners, wrap the fruit in the dough and form a round dumpling with your hands.
  6. In a large pan bring water to a boil, carefully lower the dumplings, make sure that they are not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cook at simmering point, once the dumplings come to the top of the water cook for a further 4 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile toast the breadcrumbs in the oil on moderate heat, careful, they can burn easily.
  8. With a slotted spoon, lift out the dumplings and roll in the toasted breadcrumbs.
  9. Serve warm, dusted with icing sugar.

plum dumpling

2 thoughts on “Hungarian plum dumplings – szilvásgombóc

  1. My daughter had several days in Budapest and returned with stories of tasty food from the markets. Potato,choritso type sausage cheese and sour cream. I looked this up. Hungarian sausage is used. It sounds excellent,and I shall make it. Thank you a delicious food. This was only one of the foods she tried,very tasty and filling.

    1. Lovely to hear Corrie! Would recommend to try the Paprika Potatoes recipe from here with cooking chorizo or Hungarian kolbasz, it has the ingredients you mention and a rustic authentic taste, hope your daughter and family will like it.

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