Smearcase (Cottage Cheese) and Apple Butter

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, November 2, 1912:  They made apple butter this morning. I had to get the dinner and then had to be teased about it in the bargain. Went to Watsontown this afternoon and stayed longer than I meant to.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Apple butter sounds delicious—even if Grandma’s dinner wasn’t.

How did the Muffly’s eat the apple butter?. .  .on bread? . . . or with smearcase?

In Pennsylvania, cottage cheese is often called by its Pennsylvania Dutch name—smearcase.  And, the best way to eat smearcase is with a little apple butter stirred into it. It might sound (and look) odd—but it’s really, really good.  The rich, slightly sweet taste of the apple butter really complements the cottage cheese.

13 Responses

  1. I need to go get some smearcase. Wish we had good Apple Butter here to go with it. I could always find some good Amish Apple Butter in Missouri or my Mom would make some.

  2. I love apple butter! Never tried it on cottage cheese..sounds interesting!
    Did you come across a good recipe for the apple butter?

    • I didn’t find any recipes in the hundred-year-old recipe books that I have. I’ll have to see if I can find any old recipes that look good. If I do, I’ll share in a future post.

  3. I never heard of the nickname for cottage cheese, “kase” I believe is German for cheese and it does smear so it makes sense. First time I tried apple butter was when we moved here and it is ok with smearcase, but I prefer it on toast. The folks in New Jersey where we moved from to come here thought we were heathens – But that said the folks here in north central PA at that time thought we were from a different country when I mentioned bagels. The locals had no idea what they were. I still think PA Dutch make the best apple butter!

  4. I always added apple butter to cottage cheese when I was a teenager. It even became the “apple butter & cottage cheese diet” when I thought I was fat. Still love apple butter, but have discovered fig and pumpkin at Trader Joe’s.

  5. I have never heard of apple butter together with cottage cheese. Regional foods are interesting.

  6. We used to put applesauce on cottage cheese sometimes. It was tasty.

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