Five Amish Easter Favorites

Like Christmas, the Amish are decidedly low key about Easter.  However, one way they will mark the occasion is through special feast foods like glazed ham, potatoes, or a hearty Easter morning breakfast casserole.  Here are five favorite recipes that often make the Amish Easter menu: BROWN SUGAR GLAZED HAM 1 (5-7 lb)   Ham, fully cooked (bone in) 1 cup         Brown sugar, packed 2 tsp          Prepared mustard 1-2 tsp       Cider vinegar Score ham about half-inch deep with a sharp knife.  Place ham on a rack in a shallow baking pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 2 to 2-1/2  hours ( 20 minutes per lb).  Combine brown sugar, mustard and enough vinegar to make a thick paste.  During the last hour of baking, brush glaze on ham every 15 minutes.  Yield: 10-14 servings.   AMISH BREAKFAST CASSEROLE 8 slices bread, cubed 1 pound sausage, fried and drained 6 eggs 2 cups of milk 1/4 cup margarine 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1 pound of grated cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt Put bread in the bottom of a casserole dish. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and add milk, onion, salt, Read More…

  • Pat A Pan Pie Crust

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    This is the easy pie crust (known as "pat a pan") recipe that we used for the lemon meringue pie this week.   This pie crust recipe was in the Amish Cook's Baking Book and has become our go-to crust recipe. What we like about this is that you don't have to roll it out, you just make it right in the pan!  This is a great one for kids to work on. I'm sure this will be Aster's first pie crust that she helps make.  On the other end of the age spectrum, my grandma recently marveled over the crust,  For an 89-year-old who still loves to cook but doesn't have the dexterity she once had, this will be a great crust. Rachel will be going over there soon to show her how to make it. Definitely a great, flaky crust!  This is a picture of the crust we used for the lemon pie. 5.0 from 1 reviews Pat A Pan Pie Crust Print Ingredients 1½ cups of flour 1½ teaspoons sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup vegetable oil 3 Tablespoons cold milk Instructions Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the pie pan and mix with fingertips until evenly blended. In a Read More…

  • Amish Lemon Pie

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    Lemon pies are a staple in some Amish homes this time of year.  The first warm days of spring have arrived and the cold days of winter have disappeared into the rear-view mirror. Heavier January-day desserts also are made less often and Amish cooks begin to think of lighter, warmer weather sweets.  A silky, delicious lemon pie is the perfect sweet treat as we approach Easter.   This recipe goes by the name " Susan's Prize-Winning Lemon Pie" in the Original Amish Cook Cookbook but I'm not sure what prize it won or what the history behind the pie's name is. This is a lemon meringue pie, but for those of you who don't care for meringue or just don't to go through the trouble of making it, this pie would be superb as a stand-alone lemon without the meringue.  That said, this was Rachel's first crack at making meringue and she did a superb job.  So don't get intimidated by the meringue. So break out your lemons and give this a a try! Doesn't it look tasty?  Below is the final pie and some process shots!     5.0 from 1 reviews Amish Lemon Pie   Read More…

    Homemade Cider Doughnuts

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    Doughnuts are a mainstay in Plain kitchens.  I've posted about Amish-made doughnuts plenty of times on this site.  I didn't think there was much more to say about doughnuts. But then Plain Kansas columnist Rosanna sent me her photos of their homemade "cider doughnuts."  Doughnuts flavored with apple cider are delicious. There's a little Amish bakery up in Michigan that sells cider doughnuts in season and, wow, are they amazing.  You can buy some apple cider in the store and enjoy these cider doughnuts year-round. Below are some scenes from Rosanna's kitchen as they went through the process of making the cider doughnuts.  And below is a recipe common in Brethren and Amish kitchens for these delectable creations. The brown sugar glaze just makes them sing! Homemade Cider Dougnuts Print Ingredients 2 cups apple cider ½ cup sugar ¼ cup butter 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 1¾ cups flour 1½ teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon salt --- Glaze: 2 cups packed brown sugar ½ cup Read More…

    The Bishop’s Chocolate Pie and Chouteau, Oklahoma

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    Oklahoma is not known for its huge population of Amish, but there is a community near Enola and Chouteau that has been around for quite some time. I have not been to the settlement (I'd like to go sometime), but I know people who either live there now or have lived there at some point. It's a bit more progressive of a settlement. For instance, they allow farming with gasoline-powered tractors. Another unusual wrinkle is that the Amish community is actually celebrated and showcased with an annual festival.  You do find some events in other Amish settlements that have an "Amish angle."  Yoder Days in Yoder, Kansas or Swiss Days in Berne, Indiana come to mind.  But Chouteau goes a step farther with its annual "Black Buggy Day."   The event - held at Guy Williams Park in Chouteau - is held this year on Sept. 14 and describes itself this way: Celebrate the Amish culture of the area surrounding Chouteau with a visit to this year's Black Buggy Day.  This annual Chouteau event honors Amish heritage with food, arts and crafts, bluegrass music and children's games. Known for their Read More…

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