potato dumplings poppy
Gastronomy Desserts Main courses Recipes

Šišky s mákem – potato dumplings with poppy seed

Like any other Czech sweet dish, šišky s mákem will fill you with happiness and calories. It’s small potato dumplings coated with ground poppy seed and powder sugar. And once you taste them you’ll always want more.

Potato dumplings occupy an important place in the Czech cuisine and they are prepared in many different ways. We’ve already shown you how to make them in a loaf as a side dish and now it’s time for a sweet version. It’s an easy dish for which you don’t need any cooking skills, just a little time.

A bit more complicated version of these dumplings are the potato pockets. And if you fancy some dumplings with poppy seed, just not made from potatoes, check out these yeast dumplings with poppy seed.

Potato Dumplings with Poppy Seed


  • 900 g/31,7 oz of potatoes
  • 200 g/7 oz of flour – in Czech Republic typically large grain flour called hrubá mouka
  • 100 g/3,5 of semolina or in Czech krupice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 250 g/8,8 oz of ground poppy seed
  • 150 g/5,3 oz of powder sugar
  • 250 g/8,8 oz of unsalted butter



Boil the potatoes in peel until they are good to eat. It takes between 40 and 60 minutes but try pinching them with a fork before you switch off the stove. Let them cool down and peel them.

Grate the peeled potatoes manually, don’t use a blender or you will get a glue-like mass and you don’t want that!

potato dumplings poppy

Add the semolina, flour, salt and eggs. Mix everything well, it’s best to do this with your hands.

potato dumplings poppy

Boil water in a large pot. Roll out a thin rope from the dough and cut it into small pieces or just roll out small pieces directly. Put them in the boiling water until they float and then 5 minutes more.

While they boil, mix the poppy seed and sugar.

potato dumplings poppy

Take the potato dumplings out of the water and immediately sprinkle very generously with the poppy seed mixture. Melt the butter and pour it over the dumplings. Dobrou chuť!


You may also like...