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    Sandra Kaczanowcke

    Well, I think I’ll just stick to normal coffee in my mug and have my toast on a plate. Although, I suppose it isn’t much different than dunking your toast in your coffee.

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    Deb Cline

    Coffee soup is quite common here (west central rural Ohio) – especially among those who remember the Depression. My father-in-law use to eat it with crackers and cream. It wasn’t much of a meal; he would have it more as a snack. He drank a lot of coffee anyway; maybe he considered it a nice change of pace!

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    It would depend on how the coffee was made, too! Was it weak? Was it fresh-ground? I suppose it was a way to make the cream go further instead of making cream or milk toast. It wouldn’t be cheap now, with the price of coffee and cream! I do use coffee as a flavouring in baked goods.

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    Nancy LaLiberte

    Actually, I think this sounds pretty good. The same as eating a piece of toast and drinking a cup of coffee, just all mixed together. Would be especially good with homemade bread…. and a bit like “milk toast” which I ate as a child – buttered toast in a bowl with warm milk poured over top. .I think I would leave the potatoes out, although that would be like adding hash browns to the piece of toast and cup of coffee.

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    Hmmm.. my grandfather always said he had coffee soup after we 4 grandkids were done dunking our homemade fried cakes in his cup.

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      Nancy LaLiberte

      Oh my gosh, Christy! Are we related??? My grandpa taught me how to dunk, using my grandmas’s homemade fried cakes! She made them once a week, and kept them in a special jar on “the broadshelf” – and I have that jar on my countertop today. Wonderful memories.
      She also made dinner rolls like no others — another chapter to the “lard” discussion.

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    As a child growing up in Texas, I remember my grandmother making hot biscuits every morning for breakfast. We would float a biscuit in the coffee and eat it, but we didn’t call it soup. And yes the children did get coffee and biscuit. Haven’t had it in years.

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      Welcome to amishcookonline, Dick! And “floating biscuits”, they must have very light and airy, that sounds neat! (the floating biscuits, not the coffee soup)

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    My grandfather started every day with coffee soup but he used crackers instead of toast.

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      Welcome! And we’ll call your version “coffee-cracker soup”:)

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    I first looked at this and I thought ” coffee soup” yuck that doesn’t sound verry tasty, then I got to reading what everybody had to say. It is the same as dunking toast in the coffee and I do that all the time. I like home made bread the best. So I guess it isn’t as bad as I thought. Different people call things different names. We all like coffee.haha!

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    Becky Leeman

    when my dad was in a nursing home he didn’t like some of the food and said he had “coffee soup” for dinner. My parents didn’t drink coffee at home so when I was little we had crackers in milk.

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    Zelka Cani

    OK, I am not a fan of coffee soup, infact, not a fan of coffee. However, I find this interesting. My family comes from Europe, from a farming background. My inlaws still live in Europe. When visiting them in 2006, what did my father-in-law have for breakfast……coffee soup!!! It was a way to use up that ‘old’ bread that has gone slightly dry, it was broken up into a bowl and coffee poured over it. Sorry, could not look at it as my stomach could not handle it. It was a way to use up bread without having to throw it out.

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    Laura Kline

    I love coffee soup! Both of my grandmothers made it for us as kids and I continue to love it, although I don’t indulge much any more! One grandmother made it with exactly 13 saltines broken on a plate, poured hot coffee over it, then poured milk from the jug until it was just the right shade of milky brown, then sprinkle sugar all over the top. Yum! The other grandmother made homemade bread – she’d cut a slab of it about 1 1/2 inches thick, butter the top, pour the hot coffee over, then milk, then sugar. You need enough coffee to make it stay on the plate (even after it soaks into the bread or crackers) otherwise it wouldn’t be soup!

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      Laura, thanks for sharing that! I think I prefer the bread coffee soup over the saltines!:)

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    this was certainly a regular in our home and grandparents on goth sides of the family. we did not bother to toast the bread and after the coffee was poured over the bread the sugar was evenly dispersed over the moistened bread so every portion was sweetened. Also, my grandfather had his bedtime snack in the same oval bowl and bread or biscuits were used. he kept the leftovers taken care of and even some peas. his coffee was half coffee and half evap milk. Cool memories

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    Melissa Thomas

    I grew up dipping my toast in my “Nan’s” (Great-Grandmother) coffee. We have no Amish roots (that I am aware of) but we did live about an hour away from Sugarcreek, Ohio.So perhaps that she is where she got the idea.


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