Fresh, Homemade Doughnuts

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My hometown of Middletown doesn't have any bookstores left (we once had three), no ice cream parlors (we once had 5 or 6),  no Target, and a dying mall to new a few of our disappearing amenities. But,by golly, we like our doughnuts here.  My town has several places that churn out hand-made, homemade confections.  The owners of Milton's Donuts used to live near my parents.  So at Trick or Treat time their house was always a favorite stop for the neighborhood kids.  No Snickers bar or Reese's Cups from them, ghosts and goblins would get a homemade doughnut. Yum, yum, no wonder the line was always long on their porch!  It was in the local news yesterday that this iconic local bakery has been bought, saving it yet for another generation. Not a mile away Central Pastry churns out their own doughnuts, cakes, and confections as they have for generations (Dayton native Martin Sheen used to hang out there as a kid and when first got my drivers license, Central Pastry was my first stop for an after-school snack).  My loyalities are divided. I like both places.  Yet I also get my share of Read More…

The Amish Cook: Homemade Chocolate Coffee Smoothies

THE AMISH COOK BY GLORIA YODER The summer weather we’re having is about as close to perfect as possible.  Last night we had a nice rain that cut the humidity and cooled everything and everyone off once more. My 16-year-old sister, Mary Grace, who lives next door is here helping me for the day. We are doing cleaning in preparation for Daniel’s family from Danville, Ohio who plan to come for a visit this weekend.  We’re excited to see them again.  We also did some cooking today.  With mashed potatoes being one of Daniel’s favorite hot dishes, we made  a huge batch.  Then divided it into small containers to be frozen.  It’s very handy to thaw and heat at a moment’s notice. Our 2 ½ year-old daughter Julia is in her glory.  Mary Grace helped her bake caramel apple cupcakes and now they’re working on her favorite part which is, of course, putting sprinkles on top of the frosting. On Monday morning after doing the laundry I checked the sweet corn and found it to be golden yellow, ready for harvest. Obviously the coon had discovered the same thing the night before but it Read More…

Amish in the News: Iron Works, Re-Adjusting, and Amish Country Bike Tour

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IRON WILL:   This is a neat article about Lancaster County businessman Amos Glick's iron-works business.   First, it's just an intriguing article about the artistic craftsmanship that goes into forging fine iron.  It seems to be a lost art.   Secondly, the article is just an amazing testament to the resourcefulness of some Amish entrepreneurs at stretching to the limit what they are able to do within the boundaries of their faith.  And, thirdly,  in my mind, the article really highlights a difference between Lancaster County Amish and Amish elsewhere.  My experience is that the Amish are generally a very entrepreneurial culture regardless of geography.  But it just seems like the Lancaster County Amish are at the forefront of innovation and envelope-pushing.  Click here to read the fascinating article about how one of the nation's premiere ironworks rose out of a bucolic farmfield.    The business has a website, maintained by some non-Amish employees, and it really gives you an idea of the business's reach. Click here to see the site. RE-ADJUSTING:  It's been awhile since we've Read More…

Mennonite Fruit Dessert

This is a great large dessert to make during the summer, a combination of cake and fresh fruit and it feeds a lot of people. So this is a recipe that shows up a lot at church potlucks and summer picnics among the Mennonites. 5.0 from 1 reviews Print Mennonite Fruit Dessert Squares   Ingredients Cake layer: 2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup sugar ⅛ tsp salt ½ c butter 1 cup milk 2 beaten eggs 2 tsp vanilla Fruit layer fresh or frozen unsweetened fruit of choice-apples, peaches, berries, apricots, plums, etc. Topping ¼ c melted butter ¾ c all purpose flour ¾ c sugar Blend flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and butter in a large bowl. Stir in milk, eggs, and vanilla. Spread in a well greased jelly roll pan (17x11x1"). Cover with fruit of choice. Combine topping ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit and bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes. Yields: 40 squares. 3.2.2646   Read More…

Vanilla Crumb Bars

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Any ever had vanilla crumb pie? This is a delicious Amish favorite that I've had the pleasure of enjoying a time or two.  I posted the recipe earlier this year. But what about making the pie into a bar?  You get the same awesome flavor without the labor of having to make a crust (although this "bar version" has a minimalist "crust")   By making it into a bar you get to stretch the flavor out too, as opposed to being limited to a slice of pie.  So free this delicious dessert from the confines of a crust and make it into a bar!:) This is a photo of the pie version of this dessert that I enjoyed several months ago in the Adams County, Ohio Amish settlement.  The recipe below frees that amazing filling from the crust.  Enjoy!:) Print Vanilla Crumb Bars   Ingredients CRUST: 3 cups flour ½ cup sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup butter FILLING 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 cup maple syrup 5 tablespoons flour 2 cups water 1 tablespoon vanilla 3 eggs CRUMB TOPPING: 1¾ cup flour 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup butter Instructions Tor the Read More…

Baby’s First Quilt

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Shortly after Aster was born I was contacted on Facebook by someone I went to high school with.  I didn’t know her well back then and I don’t know her well now, but we’re friends on Facebook.  Heck, I’m not going to turn down a friend request from anyone who was in the trenches with me at hardscrabble Middletown High School n the late 90s. I’ll admit to being a little wary when I got a message from her saying that she had made a quilt for us and wanted our address.  Who makes a quilt for someone they barely know?  I hate that I’ve become so jaded and cynical in some ways over the years and that is something I am going to work on shedding as a new chapter begins.  Part of me is still a naïve idealist and part of me has become jaded and cynical. Those two don’t do well inhabiting the same space, although one keeps the other in check.  Still, I don't like my natural instinct on things like that to be cynical (is she trying to sell me something?  There has to be strings attached) Anyway,  I warily gave her my address and not long after, sure enough, a quilt showed up. It’s a Read More…

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