The basic dough mixture of Napkin Dumplings is very similar to the bread dumplings but there is one, very small but significant difference: as the name suggests, Napkin Dumplings are wrapped in “napkins”, or clear film, and cooked in hot water and then sliced. In contrast, bread dumplings are cooked without anything. So, time to get the dumpling mixture ready and rolling pins out!



  • 200 g bread rolls or white bread (stale, cut into cubes)
  • 150 ml milk
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • bunch of parsley (finely chopped)
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg

Directions of Napkin Dumplings

  1. Firstly, chop the rolls or white bread into chunky cubes. Heat milk and soak bread cubes in this.
  2. Meanwhile, finely chop onion and parsley. Separate eggs and add egg yolk to the bread. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and mix well. Whisk the egg white until stiff and carefully fold into the dumpling mixture.
  3. Finally, form the mixture into a roll, wrap with heatproof cling film and close the ends well.
  4. Place the dumplings in boiling water and cook for 25-30 minutes. Carefully remove from the cling film and cut into slices.

GOES WELL WITH All roasts and game dishes. Napkin dumplings are an ideal accompaniment to juicy, saucy dishes because they absorb the juice well and mix very well with the main course in terms of taste.

Kümmelbraten is typically served fresh out of the oven with a delicious rind, dumplings and/or warm sauerkraut.
Kümmelbraten is typically served fresh out of the oven with a delicious rind and warm Sauerkraut. If you serve it cold, it belongs to a real Brettljause.
Pork roast with it's crisy skin and tender, served with potato dumplings.
With it’s crispy skin and tender, succulent meat, Pork Roast, also known as Bratl, is a traditional Austrian dish which is particularly popular on Sundays.


Napkin Dumplings can also be enhanced with quark – mix 80 g finely strained quark and a little butter into the dumpling mixture to give a completely different taste experience. For even more variety try also
the big brother of these dumplings: Bread Dumplings.

Austrian bread dumplings: delicous, easy and wonderfully changeable.
They have a delicate taste, are wonderfully easy to make and can be made in a whole range of varieties – Austrian bread Dumplings! Try it!


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