Mennonite Community Cookbook

Mary Emma Showalter

Mary Emma Showalter has compiled favorite recipes from hundreds of Mennonite women noted for their excellent cooking. Tantalizing dishes brought to this country directly from old Dutch, German, Swiss, and Russian kitchens. Original directions like "a dab of cinnamon" or "ten blubs of molasses" have been standardized to help you get the same wonderful individuality and flavor. Showalter introduces each chapter with her own nostalgic recollection of cookery in grandma's day -- the pie shelf in the springhouse, outdoor bake ovens, the summer kitchen.

Beautifully illustrated with color photographs and drawings by Naomi Nissley.

494 pages -- spiral bound
Dimensions: 5.5" x 8.5"
ISBN: 083613625X
ISBN: 9780836136258
Copyright: 1950, 1957, renewed 1978 by Mary Emma Showalter
Herald Press

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German Potato Pancakes Finger Biscuits (Schnetki)
4 medium potatoes
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt

  • Pare the potatoes and grate them.
  • Add beaten eggs and sifted dry ingredients.
  • Drop from a spoon into a hot, greased frying pan.
  • Bake until a golden brown on both sides.
  • Makes 10-12 cakes.
  •   2 cups flour
    3 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 cup shortening
    1 cup milk
    1 cup cream

  • Sift dry ingredients together.
  • Cut in shortening as in pastry.
  • Add cream and milk and blend together well.
  • Turn out on floured bowl and knead 20 strokes.
  • Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • At one edge lap dough over to 1 inch width.
  • Cut off this double strip.
  • Lap dough over again and cut.
  • Repeat until entire strip has been cut.
  • Cut long double strips in 3" lengths.
  • Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Makes 16-18 biscuits.
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