Amish Cinnamon Pie

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This is one of these easy "Great Depression" desserts which are common in Amish kitchens, especially the kitchens of old-timers.  Younger Amish cooks seem to be losing their interest in such recipes, so I think it's great that we can post and preserve them on this website for future generations.  This recipe comes to me from an Amish woman in northern Michigan. Ah, I love cinnamon.  My parents have a jar of "cinnamon bark" sitting on their kitchen counter (where it has sat for over 30 years now).  This is the real deal cinnamon, bark scraped off a cinnamomum, genus of evergreen aromatic trees and shrubs belonging to the laurel family that are native to the Middle East.  My parents bought the cinnamon bark at an outdoor bazaar (souk) in the city of Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates.  As I've written about before, we lived in the UAE when I was a child.  Quite an exotic experience and this cinnamon is a sweet-smelling souvenir (glad it is at their house, in mine I probably would have used it long ago...cinnamon toast, anyone?:) .   Here is a photo of some of their cinnamon bark Read More…

  • Amish Asparagus Bread

    Asparagus is beginning to be seen in some areas. If you're like me you like your asparagus simply drizzled with a little olive oil, salt and peppered, and baked. Yum, yum! But for those who find themselves with an abundance of spears and want to try something a little different, how about some asparagus bread? This recipe was sent to me by an Amish woman in Tennessee where asparagus is now starting to be seen and harvested. Amish Asparagus Bread Print Ingredients 3 eggs 1 cup oil 1-2/3 cups sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups (3/4 pound) asparagus, cleaned and grated .3 cups flour ¼ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon soda 3 teaspoons cinnamon . Instructions Beat eggs until light and foamy. Add oil, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and asparagus. Mix lightly. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add this flour mixture to wet ingredients and blend. Bake in greased loaf pan 325 degrees F for 1 hour or until done. 3.2.1275    Read More…

  • 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…

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