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Schnitz Un Knepp (Apples And Dumplings) I
Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking from AlansKitchen.comMakes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 - cups dried, sweet apples

  • 3 to 4 - pounds ham hock

  • Knepp (dumplings)

    • 1 - egg, beaten

    • 2 - Tablespoons butter, softened

    • 1/4 - cup milk

    • 2 - cups all-purpose flour, sifted

    • 3 - teaspoons baking powder

    • 1/2 - teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Soak the dried apples (schnitz) in water overnight. 

  2. Next day scrub and dry the ham and simmer it in water for about 3 hours. 

  3. Add the apples and the water they have soaked-in. 

  4. Boil the ham hocks and apples together for another 1 hour.

  5. While they are cooking, begin making the dumplings (knepp). 

  6. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 

  7. To the flour mixture, make a hole in the center and add the egg and butter. 

  8. Slowly begin adding the milk. 

  9. Add just enough to make a stiff batter. 

  10. Using a tablespoon, drop a spoonful of batter into the boiling apple-ham mixture. 

  11. Cover and steam for 12 to 15 minutes.

  12. Serve on a hot platter, placing the ham in the center, the Schnitz (apples) circling the ham, and the Knepp (dumplings) around the edges.


 

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