Schnitz un Knepp

2-3 lb Ham, pre-cooked
2 cups dried Apple Rings
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 medium Yellow Onion, diced
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
4 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 Egg, beaten
3 Tbsp Butter, melted
1/2-2/3 cup Milk
Water for Ham and Apples


  • Put the Ham in a large pot, and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil, and then cover and simmer for 2 1/2-3 hours until the ham is very tender.
  • Put the Apple slices in a bowl and cover with water, letting them soak the duration it takes to cook the Ham.
  • Add the Apples, the soaking Water, the Brown Sugar, and the Onions to the Ham, and bring to a boil.
  • In a large bowl combine all the dry Ingredients, Egg, and Butter. Slowly add the Milk to the batter–you may not need all 2/3 cup–you want it to be a sticky and gloppy batter, not runny.
  • Drop Tablespoon size-balls of dough into the Ham pot, and cover.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes, and then serve.

NOTES: Schnitz un Knepp is an Amish dish popular in Pennsylvania. Literally translated, it means “Slices and Buttons”. Schntiz comes from Schnitzen – slices and Knepp for button referring to the dumplings. I don’t know who the ham angered, that it didn’t make it into the name! The first time I had this was at YMCA camp in Ohio, when they took us to an Amish farm. The meal is very simple, and easy to serve to a large group of folks–and not what one gets every day in non-Amish circles. I recommend this with left-over ham after a holiday, or in the fall or winter. I’ve also seen this spelled Schnitz un Gnepp, as well as with the “un” spelled out “und”. The Amish German dialect pounces it “schnitz-un-nep”, alighting the ordinarily pronounced K/G sound right out.

Shoo Fly Pie

3/4 cup Boiling Water
1/2 cup Molasses
1 Egg Yolk
2 Tbsp Butter
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/8 tsp ground Ginger
1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground Cloves
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Pie Crust (9″)


  • Preheat oven to 450°F
  • In a large bowl, dissolve the Baking Soda into the Water.
  • In a second bowl, incorporate the Yolk into the Molasses.
  • Combine the two bowls and mix together well.
  • In a food processor, combine the Spices, Brown Sugar, Salt, and Flour with the Butter, pulsing until “crumbles” form.
  • Pour the Molasses filling into a prepared 9″ Pie Crust.
  • Top the Molasses filling with the Crumbles.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 375°F and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

To reduce the burning of the crust, you can use a crust guard, or cover the edges with strips of aluminum foil. Shoo Fly Pie is a traditional Amish molasses pie, similar to a Pecan Pie, only with some extra spices and no nuts.