Semmel Knödel for Babies

two plates of Semmel Knödel; one for parent and one with elongated shaped dumplings for baby

This recipe comes to us from Solid Starts family Lara von Rhein of Munich, Germany. Lara made these dumplings for her daughter, Mia, 8 months. Scroll down to see Mia’s reaction to her very first Semmel Knödel.

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Recipe: Semmel Knödel (Bavarian Bread Dumplings)

A bowl of ingredients for Semmel Knödel before being prepared for babies

6 months+


  • 1 cup old or toasted bread, cubed or torn (about 250g)
  • 4 oz (about 118 ml) whole milk
  • 4 eggs
  • Parsley (fresh or dried)


This recipe contains common allergens (egg, milk, bread). Only serve after you have safely introduced each of these foods and ruled out any sensitivities. 


  1. Warm the milk gently in a sauce pan and then turn off the heat. Add the cubed/torn bread and let soak for 20 minutes.
  2. Crack 4 eggs into a bowl and whisk gently. Add to the saucepan with the bread and milk.
  3. Tear the leaves of a few sprigs of parsley off and discard the stems. Mince the parsley and add to the saucepan. If using dried parsley, add a pinch or two to the mixture.
  4. Stir the mixture until well combined. Form into finger or ball shapes.
  5. Bring a pot of water to a gentle boil. Lower the dumplings into the boiling water and cook about 10 to 15 minutes until they float.

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Mia, 8 months, eats her first Semmel Knödel.

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