A Romantic Twist On A German Classic

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Germknödel are a German winter food that’s cozy and always a great hit! The sweet, warm yeast dumplings are typically filled with a delectable plum jam and served with vanilla sauce, then sprinkled with poppyseed-powdered sugar. For Valentine’s Day however, I figured a romantic twist would not hurt the cause, so I substituted plum filling for Nutella and added raspberries and sparkling rosé to the homemade vanilla sauce – the results did not disappoint, nor will they disappoint whomever gets to share in on this delicious, sweet meal with you! Germknödel are often served at Christmas Markets in Germany, but are really enjoyed anytime during the winter and anytime of day!

Wine Pairing: Schlumberger Rosé

I love a nice bubbly to go with anything festive – especially when celebrating love! The wine pairing I suggest today is an Austrian rosé sparkling wine called Schlumberger, made in the traditional champagne method since 1842, making it the oldest producer of sparkling wine in Austria. It adds a nice lightness to our Germknödel dish, balancing the sweetness of the sauce with its crisp fruitiness. Make sure to check Niche Import Co.’s website to see where Schlumberger Rosé is available in your area!

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Ingredients for 8 Germknödel (4 to 8 servings, depending on how hungry you are):

Germknödel Dough:

  • 1 pouch active dry yeast (7 g)
  • 4 c (500 g) flour
  • dash salt
  • 5/8 c (70 g) sugar
  • 70 g butter, room temperature
  • 1 c (250 ml) lukewarm milk
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 whole egg
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Germknödel Filling:

  • Nutella
  • Dark Chocolate, cut into chunks (if desired)

Raspberry Rosé Sauce:

  • 10 oz (300 ml) milk
  • scraped seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 c frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 egg yolk (medium sized)
  • 1/2 c sparkling rosé

Sprinkle With:

  • Poppy Seed Powdered Sugar Mixture (2:1 ratio)


  1. Combine yeast and warm milk and let sit at room temperature until it turns bubbly. Add to the remaining ingredients of the dough (I used a stand mixer and dough hook) and knead for about 10 minutes, or until the dough starts peeling away from the bowl as it’s kneading.
  2. Dust dough with flour, cover up, and let rise in a warm place for one hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Divide dough into 8 evenly sized portions, then using your hands dusted in flour, shape into round dumplings, adding in the Nutella (and dark chocolate, if desired) in the middle and enclosing it by the dough (or use a filling tip, although this didn’t work so well for me and it doesn’t allow you to add the chocolate unless you melt it first).
  4. Allow uncovered dumplings to rise another 15 to 30 minutes at room temperature.
  5. Fill the bottom of a large pot with water, insert a steaming basket, and bring the water to a boil. Add the dumplings and cover the pot with a lid. Allow to steam for 12 minutes (they will at least double in size, it’s pretty amazing!).
  6. While the dumplings steam, prepare the raspberry rosé sauce:
    1. Mix 2 Tbsp of milk with cornstarch, and another 2 Tbsp of milk with 1 egg yolk. Bring the remaining milk, frozen raspberries, sugar and vanilla bean to a boil.
    2. Add the cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil again. Whisk in the yolk and serve over dumplings.
    3. Finally finish with the rosé sparkling (I used Schlumberger Rosé), allow to bring back to a boil, then it’s ready to serve.
  7. Once the Germknödel are cooked, remove from pot and serve immediately with sauce and poppy seed powdered sugar mixture, garnish with fresh raspberries and mint if desired. Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

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