Sunday, February 21, 2010

Do You Know Schnitz Un Gnepp?

My Grandma's RecipesGrandma collected the most wonderful cookbooks. Little treasures from the local church ladies, plus popular cookbooks of the day. I just discovered this gem tucked in the box with Grandma's cooking journals and recipes. Written and signed by Edna Eby Heller, Dutch Cookbook is filled with original recipes "...tested with the idea that Pennsylvania Dutch Cookery was to be made practical for this generation of cookbook cooks." Delicious, comforting, homemade - this cookbook has me intrigued.

Mrs. Heller says, "Whenever you hear the call Koom essa, start running for that is the call to the Pennsylvania Dutch meal where food is good and plentiful." So Koom essa - let's try Schnitz Un Gnepp!

The translation for Schnitz Un Gnepp is "apples and dumplings." These are generally cooked with ham.

  • 2 cups smoked ham
  • 2 cups dried sweet apples
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Cover the dried apples with water and soak overnight. In the morning, using a kettle fairly large in diameter, almost cover the ham with sold water and cook slowly for 2 hours. Add the apples and water in which they were soaked. Add brown sugar and cook 1 hour longer. Add gnepp last 20 minutes.

To make the gnepp:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg; beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup milk; scant
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in beaten egg and melted butter. Add enough milk to make a moderately stiff batter. Drop from spoon into boiling ham and apples. Cover kettle tightly and cook, without lifting lid, for 20 minutes. Serves 6-8

Doesn't this sound just delicious, warm and comforting?

Edna Eby Heller's Dutch Cookbook is available on

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