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Schitz un Knepp I (Apples and Dumplings)

Eastern Home Cooking RecipesThis is an old Pennsylvania German dish this is one version.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 min
Cooking Time: 3 hrs + 1 hr + 15 min


Knepp (dumplings)


  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.  Boil the ham hocks and apples together for another 1 hour.
  4. While they are cooking, begin making the dumplings (knepp).  
  5. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  
  6. To the flour mixture, make a hole in the center and add the egg and butter.  
  7. Slowly begin adding the milk.  Add just enough to make a stiff batter.  
  8. Using a tablespoon, drop a spoonful of batter into the boiling apple-ham mixture.  
  9. Cover and steam for 12 to 15 minutes.
  10. 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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