Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Shnetchi (biscuits)

2 3/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup lard or butter
1 cup whipping cream
2 eggs beaten
Mix dry ingredients, cut in lard or butter with pastry blender until lard/butter is in small pieces.
make a well in mixture and add the cream and beaten eggs.
With a fork stir together just until mixed. Don't overwork the dough.
Pat out dough until thickness desired, I do approx 3/4".
Cut with round cookie cutter or whatever shape you please.
Place on pan and bake at 400 for 15 min or until golden in color.
Yield: 12 shnetchi
These are very good with jam, honey or Roger's Golden Syrup.
This recipe was my Dad's. He used to have a shnetchi booth at the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum during Pioneer days. His booth was called 'Uncle Knals Shnetchi'.


  1. my mom always made shnetchi with borscht. She would cut large strip and then roll them once jelly roll style and then cut down the line. I haven't made these in years. I love the title of your dad's booth .. .awesome.

  2. I love how the instructions you gave are like my Mom's - who also made great bisquits at a little MCC Cafe. (not overworking the dough and patting it onto the counter as oposed to roling it out) Definitely a great recipe! For anyone a little calorie conscious, you can also use 1.5% buttermilk.

  3. Yum Betty...another great recipe from my stubblejumper friend

  4. Anneliese..yes these bicuits are not for the calorie conscious.
    That did not seem to matter much in that generation! My Dad would say that it had to be real cream otherwise it was not shnetchi..hehe

  5. Those look so yummy. I've never been able to make proper Baking Biscuits.
    I will try your recipe. Maybe the whipping cream makes the difference.
    They are so good with fresh blackberry jam.

  6. You know, Betty, I may just try them with whipping cream one of these days. Maybe that's the difference between Schnetchi and bisquits.

  7. I've never made 'schnetchi' but often make biscuits. Next time I'll throw in the extra calories and call them schnetchi!

  8. P.S. 'Uncle Knals Schnetchi'...how fun!

  9. Just checked out your recipe for schnetchi and they are on my to do list today...look great and I bet tasted the same. We have been at the museum..only live about an hr south west from there.

  10. Feedback time. I made these to go with Potato Leek soup for our dinner and they were wonderful. . light and they rose just beautifully. I love having these recipes at my fingertips, no more having to look through my old recipe file.

  11. Hi Ladies :) I just wanted to let you know that I used this recipe, along with the vanilla sauce recipe from your waffles... added strawberries canned this past summer, and together they made a really EXCELLENT shortcake! Thanks for sharing, I use your website more than my cookbooks these days!

  12. Hi, ladies - I have a collection of old Mennonite recipes from my great aunt. I'm making something called "Shnetka" tomorrow - but I don't really know what it is. Here's the recipe I have: http://www.oleorecipes.blogspot.com/2012/01/sneak-peak-shnetka.html

    Have any of you posted on Shnetka in the past? I'd love any advice. Thank you!