For the Amish, Sunday church is not complete until the Amish Snitz pie is served! After church services are over the benches are turned over and out
comes the lunch. This includes an Amish specialty, Amish Snitz pie or as some call it, Schnitz pie. The “modern” recipes call for dried apples but the old Amish recipes use apple butter and applesauce.
A few weeks ago an Amish friend of mine had church in her home. All week the family cleaned, spruced up their yard and baked. It was an exciting time for their kids and they happily helped to get the work all done. It was like watching a beehive, everyone down to the youngest child was doing something; although the yard is always pristine, they still raked and trimmed it until every piece of grass, tree, and flower was in perfect order.
After everything was over and cleaned up, they invited us in for leftover Amish Snitz pie. I had never heard of it before; it tastes like apple pie but the consistency is more like a thick applesauce. The pie is much easier to make than apple pie because you do not have to cut up apples, you just mix everything together and put it in the pie shell, cover with remaining pie shell and bake.
Amish Snitz Pie
2 cups apple butter
2 cups applesauce
4 Tbls sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
*pinch of cloves
*1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp instant tapioca
*pinch of salt
1 TBLS butter
2 pie crust
1 TBLS milk or cream
*, adjust the spices depending on the spiciness of the apple butter that you use.
Mix the first eight ingredients together and pour into the pie crust, dot with butter and then top it with the second pie crust. Next, cut slits in the top of the pie to let the steam escape, and last of all, brush the pie with milk and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.