Amish Cooks Across America Preview: Amish Butter Tarts

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Our upcoming book will explore Amish cooking across the USA and Canada.  The book, entitled Amish Cooks Across America, is a compendium of Amish cooking written by Yours Truly (with some thoughts/words from Lovina).  There are recipes from Amish settlements from Maine to Montana. Amish cooking often is influenced by local food traditions.  For instance, “butter tarts” are a quintessentially Canadian confection.  The Amish in Ontario have adopted this favorite dessert as their own and the tasty treat often shows up at gatherings and potlucks, but you won’t find them served in Amish settlements state-side.  Don’t these look tasty? (Rachel Diver Williams photo)

Here is the recipe, which provides a sneak preview of Amish Cooks Across America, due out in May.

pie pastry

4 large eggs

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 cups dark corn syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon white vinegar

10 tablespoons butter, softened

2 cups raisins, walnuts, or coconut

Preheat the oven to 350°F.Roll out the pastry dough on a lightly floured surface to form a 12-inch diameter circle about 1 /8 inch thick.  Use glass to cut out rounds and put into muffin tins. Cut off an excess overhang.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, eggs, corn syrup, vanilla, vinegar, and butter until the mixture is creamy and thoroughly mixed.

Spoon the optional ingredients into the bottom of the unfilled crusts. Pour the combined mixture into the pastry crusts until three-quarters full. Bake until the crusts are golden and the filling is firm


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The Discussion

  1. The book sounds wonderful. Can’t wait for it to come out. I am wondering if you are working on Books 2 and 3 of The Best of The Amish Cook books with Lovina’s stories and recipes. I am hoping to add to my collection of Books 1 and 4. Are they in progress or at a standstill for now with everything you are doing?

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  2. Barb Wright says:

    I have been waiting for your new book..any plans of a pre-sale? I know,I am just so impatient!!

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  3. Mona, Kentucky Lady 717 says:

    We make something similiar to these, use a pecan pie filling mix and put in tarts and bake….they are delicious…..

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  4. Christine says:

    Many years ago a family friend from Harrisburg PA gave me a recipe for something called Tassies. They were very similar to this recipe except for having a cream cheese crust. I do think they are in the PA Lancaster area but maybe not associated so much with the Amish from that area. Another delicious recipe for everyone to share. Just fine in my book!!!

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  5. TAMMY CUEVAS says:

    I just had the opportunity to review this cookbook through the NetGalley program, and I loved it! I’m planning to buy a print copy from Amazon so I can try all the recipes. If you’re interested in reading my review, here is the link:
    It is a wonderful cookbook and I’m recommending it to everyone.

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