Prep 30 mins
Cook 4 hrs 30 mins
This is a simple and traditional Pennsylvania Dutch recipe. It simmers, unattended, for a long time releasing an intoxicating aroma while you go about your daily errands. Cooking time does not include soaking the apples overnight.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs cured ham (or 1 ham hock)
- 2 cups dried apples
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1⁄3-1⁄2 cup milk
- Soak the dried apples in water eight hours or overnight.
- Approximately 4 1/2 hours before serving, cover the ham with cold water and cook slowly for three hours.
- Add the apples and the water they were soaking in to the ham.
- Add the brown sugar and cook for an additional hour.
- For the knepp, sift together the dry ingredients.
- Stir in the egg and melted butter.
- Add enough milk to make a batter stiff enough to drop from a spoon.
- Drop the batter by spoonfuls into the boiling ham and apples.
- Cover the pan tightly and cook the dumplings 10 to 12 minutes.
- Do not lift the cover until ready to serve.
This recipe was perfect for a day when there's 10 inches of snow on the ground! I loved the combination of smokey, sweet, and salty flavors. I only soaked my apples for a couple hours in a can of chicken broth (I microwaved them for about 2 minutes to get a jump on the soaking). This one's definitely going into my winter-dinner repetoire. A delicious and easy way to cook ham without "babysitting" it forever -- thanks for sharing!