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Authentic Recipe of Gomboce. Mouthwatering Traditional Serbian Plum Dumplings from Vojvodina.

Gomboce is probably the best thing you can make if you have locally sourced plums in your household.

Things to know about Gomboce Recipe

Gomboce is very popular in Central and East European countries. The name of this dish comes from Vojvodina, but its further origins are unknown. The dish came to Serbia from Austria. Even King Franc Ferdinand I loved these plum dumplings so much that he demands the dumplings no matter the time, and he used to fire chefs if they don’t make them for him.

This dish is usually made from potatoes and plums making them perfect for late summer or autumn. You have to have in mind that the potatoes need to be completely cooled down when making the dough and that the plums are ripe enough.

Mouthwatering Traditional Serbian Plum Dumplings from Vojvodina. Authentic Recipe of Gomboce.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Гомбоце, Кнедле са шљивама
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


Servings 6 People
Calories / Serving 841 kcal


  • 500 grams (1.1 lb) Plum
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 3 pcs Egg Large
  • 5 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1000 grams (2.2 lb) Potato White
  • 700 grams (1.54 lb) All Purpose Flour – Plain Flour
  • 200 grams (7.05 oz) Breadcrumbs
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  • Peel the potatoes and boil them until soft.
  • Drain the water and mash the potatoes.
  • Cool the mashed potatoes.
  • When the potatoes are cooled add eggs and mix well.
  • Add flour little by little and mix until well combined.
  • Take a little of your flour and dust your working surface.
  • Knead the dough. Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough to about 1 cm thick (0.4inch).
  • Cut the dough into squares big enough to fit your plums.
  • Put the plum in the middle of the dough, seal it and roll it into a ball.
  • Cook your dumplings in salted water until they float which is approx. 30 minutes.
  • To prepare the bread crumbs just fry them until they are slightly darker.
  • While the dumplings are still hot, roll them into the breadcrumbs and sprinkle them with sugar.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Seasonal Cooking Autumn Recipes, Summer Recipes


Calories: 841kcalCarbohydrates: 152gProtein: 21gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 272mgPotassium: 1024mgFiber: 9gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 352IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 104mgIron: 8mg
Keyword Gomboce Recipe, Knedle Sa Sljivama Recipe, Traditional Serbian Plum Dumplings, Гомбоце, Кнедле са шљивама
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Cooking tip for making Gomboce

Make sure your dumplings don’t stick to the bottom of your pan when cooking, but if it happens, you can move them with your spoon.

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Variations of Gomboce

Instead of plums, you can use any other fruit or chocolate or sugar and cinnamon.

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