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Not a Fritter: The Glorious Snitter from Nielsen's Pastries

Pop Quiz: What is a snitter?

No, you're not gonna Google your way out of this one. If you consult Wikipedia, you'll discover that it is "Snitter is a village and civil parish in Northumberland, England. It is near the Northumberland National Park. The closest town is Rothbury."

True as this may be, Wikipedia has clearly never been to Nielsen's Pastries, a little Danish bakery in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, where, nestled among the danish and cookies is an unassuming flat little treat with streaks of cinnamon, cream, and sugary glaze on top. The signpost in front declares "Snitter - a flat cinnamon roll". Oddly, while there is another Scandinavian baked good known as Hindbaer Snitter, the Nielsen's version doesn't seem to resemble it very much (that one kind of looks like Danish meets Pop Tart!).

Now, on first impression, the snitter appears to have a face (and name) that only a mother would love. But one bite and you'll see the light. It's got all of the magic of a cinnamon roll, but compressed into one dense little package, bursting with rich, buttery, cinnamon flavor--and the healthy dollop of custard on top certainly doesn't hurt. 

So what is a snitter? One of the most beautiful ugly pastries you'll ever meet.

The Snitter can be found at Nielsen's Pastries (which, incidentally, is also the home of the Potato), 520 2nd Avenue West, Seattle; online at nielsenspastries.com.


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Reader Comments (9)

Hmm... The Snitter looks really good but I still think the name could use a marketing makover...

January 24 | Unregistered CommenterNiko

The "Snitter" looks divine! The one Danish cafe I knew about in town closed, still looking for another one. The Hindbaer Snitter definitely gave off more of a "toaster pastry" vibe.

January 24 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Oh! I work a block from Nielsen's and Snitters are my morning treat and Potatoes are my afternoon treat. It's dangerous being so close to this place!

January 24 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Mmmm! It reminds me of a kringle- a flat, ring-shaped Scandinavian pastry that can have a variety of fillings. My family, being Swedish gets them quite often for Holiday breakfasts and the such. I wonder if these are simply a cinnamon roll version?

Hmm...I think I like this snitter. I need to try one next time I come to Seattle.

Thanks for introducing me to something new!

January 25 | Unregistered CommenterDana McCauley

oh my goodness! i live nowhere near seattle and probably won't get there any time soon. i need a recipe because that sounds amazing!

January 25 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

Snitters have been a Christmas Morning and Easter tradition in my family since the late 1960's (original shop was where Benaroya Hall is now). We adore them. They look like cinnamon rolls that got sat on but taste like heaven.

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