Easy Pull-Apart Chocolate Peanut Butter Coffeecake

This recipe looks more complicated than it is, there are just a lot of steps, but it's not difficult sounding once you read through it.  Coffeecakes are a staple on the morning menu in Amish homes.  Most of the time the cakes are your basic coffeecakes, maybe some with fruit filling.  This one, which came to me from an Amish woman in Ohio, struck me as really delicious and interesting sounding! Print Easy Pull-Apart Peanut Butter Chocolate Coffeecake   Ingredients ¼ cup plus ⅓ cup butter, divided ⅔ cup plus ¼ cup granulated sugar, divided ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for kneading 4 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup chocolate chips ½ cup peanut butter ⅔ cup milk Glaze: ½ cup sifted powdered sugar 2 teaspoons milk Instructions PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Lightly grease 8- or 9-inch-round cake pan. Melt ¼ cup butter; set aside. Combine ⅔ cup granulated sugar and cinnamon in another small bowl; set aside. Combine flour, remaining ¼ cup Read More…

Plain Kansas: Camping in Colorado

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CAPTION:  Rosanna and her younger sister, Joanna, in Ohio earlier this summer.  The Baumans have been on the road a lot this summer, this week it is Colorado! PLAIN KANSAS BY ROSANNA BAUMAN The realization hit our family suddenly and we wasted no time in quickly acting before our window of opportunity was gone.  My brother Marvin is already married and half of the remaining Bauman siblings are now out of their teens. We siblings are growing up fast. If a family getaway was not acted upon this summer while the farm work is slow, it may not happen. But  it had to be a “getaway,” not just a day trip: a chance for us to relax together, not just work together.  It needed to be a place far enough removed from the farm that we couldn’t run back and work on our “to do” lists.  Dad’s brother has a small piece of property in Colorado and the 10-hour drive is sufficiently far without spending too much travel time. And it was affordable! My uncle’s no-frills cabin (with an outhouse, and the only running water is the creek!) would still allow us to cook our own meals and not worry about  Read More…

Rumspringa and Growing Up Amish

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The year was 1990 and I was a freshman in college in Cleveland.  Seeking to escape the pressure-cooker of upcoming exams I did what any red-blooded 18-year-old boy would do (insert sarcasm): I headed for Amish country.   I had heard there was an Amish settlement  not far from the east side of Cleveland and I just thought it’d be fun to take a drive and explore. Not long after I arrived in Geauga County, in the distance I saw a glint of sunlight coming from an approaching buggy.  As the buggy approached I noticed an Amish boy about my age  sitting coolly on the buggy bench wearing a nifty pair of shades, his shirt unbuttoned halfway, with a cigarette dangling from his mouth.  The glint?  The sun was reflecting off the metal casing of a boombox in the buggy with him cranking out some hip tunes.  Unknown to me at the time, I had just witnessed my first glimpse of “rumspringa”, the period when some Amish youth  (known as youngie) experiment with outside indulgences and influences. Since those days rumspringa has become as much media confection as reality.  In my experience, Read More…

Daviess County One-Pan Peanut Cornflake Candy

This is an easy recipe that an Amish woman in Daviess County, Indiana gave me for homemade cornflake candy using peanuts from her own garden.  I think this sounds good, I mentioned the recipe to my wife, Rachel, and she was less-than-enthralled at the sound of it.  So you be the judge!:)  Here is her recipe: Print Daviess County One-Pan Peanut Cornflake Candy   Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1¼ cups peanut butter 6 cups corn flakes 1 cup homegrown peanuts Instructions Combine sugar and corn syrup in a dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter. Add corn flakes and peanuts and stir until all are coated with syrup mixture. Spread the mix out into a 13 x 9 dish and cut into squares. Let set before cutting. 3.2.2646   Read More…

Daviess County Journal: Peanuts in Amish Country

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CAPTIONS:  Peanuts and peppermint, two great tastes found in an Amish garden in Daviess County, Indiana. A couple of weeks ago I ran an installment of my Daviess County Journal, a visit to the long-established Amish settlement on Indiana's western border near Vincennes and Washington.  If you missed those stories, click here. After watching an elderly Amish man's son bale hay peacefully in a rolling field, I was then taken to see their garden, a well-kept bountiful beauty of melons, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers and something I haven't seen often in Amish gardens: peanuts. Two long rows of healthy, leafy peanut plants.  I expressed surprise. "They grow pretty well here," said an Amish woman sitting in a lawn chair by the garden, enjoying a late afternoon summer breeze. I asked what she uses them for.  She said she doesn't usually make her own peanut butter, but adds them to her homemade "corn flake candy" and they also roast them and salt them and eat them for snacks.  Homemade Chex mix anyone?  Yum! The next thing I was shown was a peppermint patch.  The Amish man broke Read More…

Weekly Blogroll: Blue Ribbon Dill Pickles, an Amish Driving Lesson?, a Southern Visits Shipshewana, Buggy Crossing Signs, and Amish Sugar Cookie Cake?

Lots of neat stuff to check out today, so clear your schedule for the next little bit so you can indulge in all of this good reading and sampling some tasty recipes! AMISH BLUE-RIBBON DILL PICKLES:   Sigh, the other day I posted a recipe for dill pickles only some you noticed there was no dill in the recipe.  That's because I accidentally posted a recipe for "refrigerator pickles" instead.:(  So let's start over on the dill pickle recipe and check out this easy, delicious-sounding one that the Flower Patch Farm Girl posted.  As she says, if canning intimidates you (and it does me), then this is easy, easy!  Click here for the recipe.  Homemade pickles are a summer staple in Amish kitchen this time of year as plump cukes fill gardens. AMISH DRIVING LESSON:  I had to scratch my head at this one....a photographer spots an "Amish driving lesson?"  Or something else?  Never heard of training with a fake horse....Click here to check out the photo and short story. SOUTHERNER COMES TO SHIPSHEWANA:  I live just north of Cincinnati and it is rather striking the dividing line between Read More…

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