PHOTO CAPTIONS: Wow, oh wow, feast your eyes on Lovina’s fresh-from-the oven cinnamon rolls. And bottom photo is a really sentimental one, it is the actual handwritten recipe card for cinnamon rolls written in the hand of Lovina’s Mom.
THE AMISH COOK
BY LOVINA EICHER
This past week has been a very busy week with cutting up the beef. I am so glad that this job is done for another year. My hands still feel stiff and sore from all the cutting and slicing. We bought a meat slicer at an auction but it didn’t work very well on slicing steaks. I ended up slicing a lot of the steaks with a knife and ended up putting a lot of whole steaks in the freezer. I think the slicer will work okay for ham or cheese but it is just not made to slice steaks. Joe borrowed a meat saw to cut the t-bone steaks. He always likes to cook those out on the grill. A lot of hard work goes into cutting up a beef. The hamburger has to be cut into pieces to fit through the grinder. The beef chunks have to all be cut into little chunks. The bones have to be trimmed good to get all the meat off that we can. The bones with the most meat on we don’t trim. I put those in the freezer and will put those into the pressure cooker one day. I will make beef stew with it then. This week will we will wash all the canned hamburger and beef chunk jars and carry them to the canning shelf in the basement. We still have enough room in the freezer if we want to butcher a hog yet. It has warmed up so much, though, that the weather may make it impossible to do that. Our family always looks forward to the Pon Hoss we usually make on hog-butchering day.
Yesterday my husband Joe was unable to go to church due to being sick. He is very congested and has a bad head cold like I had a week before. Sure makes a person feel miserable.
Some of the children and I went to church which was a few miles from here. Daughters Elizabeth and Susan attended church in another neighboring church district. Our afternoon visitors were Jacob, Emma and family and Joe’s sister Carol, Pete and family and Joe’s brother Junior. The girls popped popcorn for everyone. After our visitors left we made mashed potatoes, fried fresh steaks, steak gravy, along with cheese, homemade bread and cinnamon rolls for our supper. Steak gravy is made from the drippings used from frying the streaks. The gravy has kind of a steak flavor.
Friday and Saturday the youth gave a program at the community building. They do one every year to raise funds for the building and also help a few families with their hospital expenses. With Joe not feeling well we were unable to go. The children were excited when our good friends Jim and Ruth offered to taKe them., Sounds like they all enjoyed the program. The youth will give the same program again this Friday and Saturday. Our plans are to attend one night if everyone is OK. Sounds like the building was really filled with people on Saturday evening. The youth spent hours practicing for this and are doing it for a good cause.
We are putting off doing our laundry today. Sounds like we might have some nice sunny days this week so we can dry the clothes outdoors.
i will share with you a recipe of my mothers. These are the cinnamon rolls she would always make.
Although I have tried different cinnamon roll recipes I always like hers the best.Mother always used Robin Hood flour for her breads and rolls. I do the same although Robin Hood flour can not be found in all stores anymore. I used to be able to buy it in town but can’t find it any more. I buy mine in 25 pound bags at the Amish bulk food stores.
MOTHER’S CINNAMON ROLLS
1 1 /2 cups milk, scalded
2 teaspoons salt
1 / 2 cup sugar
1 /2 cup margarine
2 packages of yeast
1 /2 cup warm water
3 eggs, beaten
6 cups Robin Hood flour
brown sugar (to taste – see instructions)
cinnamon (to taste – see instructions)
Frosting: 1 tablespoon water, 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1 /2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Scald milk in a saucepan and then pour into a large mixing bowl. Add salt, sugar, and margarine to the scalded milk. In separate bowl, add yeast to water and let stand 5 minutes. Then add to the milk mixture. Add beaten eggs and 3 cups of flour and mix. Add 3 more cups of flour and mix. More flour can be added if needed to make the dough elastic and easy to handle. Let rise until double. Divide dough into two and roll out and then spread with soft margarine or butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon (editor’s note: Lovina did not give amounts because this is really a matter of preference..she adds a layer of brown sugar and then a layer of lots of cinnamon, because she really likes cinnamon..adjust these two ingredients to your preference). Roll up like you would a jelly roll and cut into 3 /4 inch width. Put into light greased pie pan and let rise until almost level with the top of the pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.