The Amish Cook’s Homemade Bisquick

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Ah, Bisquick, that iconic yellow box which allows you to to make everything from easy dumplings, pancakes, and pie crusts.  I used to buy Bisquick when I was in college so I could make dumplings. I went on a dumpling kick back then after my grandma showed me how easy they were to make.  But what if you don't have a box on hand and a recipe calls for it?  One of Gloria's recipes next week calls for Bisquick and she offers up a "homemade Bisquick" that you can use in place of the store-bought stuff. Print The Amish Cook's Homemade Bisquick   Ingredients 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons sugar 1 /2 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon cream of tartar ½ cup butter Instructions Mix until thoroughly combined and use in place of 2 cups of Bisquick. 3.2.2646   Read More…

Easy Pull-Apart Chocolate Peanut Butter Coffeecake

This recipe looks more complicated than it is, there are just a lot of steps, but it's not difficult sounding once you read through it.  Coffeecakes are a staple on the morning menu in Amish homes.  Most of the time the cakes are your basic coffeecakes, maybe some with fruit filling.  This one, which came to me from an Amish woman in Ohio, struck me as really delicious and interesting sounding! Print Easy Pull-Apart Peanut Butter Chocolate Coffeecake   Ingredients ¼ cup plus ⅓ cup butter, divided ⅔ cup plus ¼ cup granulated sugar, divided ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for kneading 4 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup chocolate chips ½ cup peanut butter ⅔ cup milk Glaze: ½ cup sifted powdered sugar 2 teaspoons milk Instructions PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Lightly grease 8- or 9-inch-round cake pan. Melt ¼ cup butter; set aside. Combine ⅔ cup granulated sugar and cinnamon in another small bowl; set aside. Combine flour, remaining ¼ cup Read More…

Super Moist Chocolate Zucchini Bars

Zucchini is sort of like sauerkraut in that it can be shredded or grated and added to a surprising array of items to add bulk and flavor.  This chocolate zucchini bar recipe is one such example.  I've had these before and I don't know that anyone is going to walk away from eating saying "gee, that zucchini sure was great!", but it adds a texture and flavor that really makes for a mellow, moist bar. This recipe is popular in Amish kitchens this time of year. So enjoy! Print Super Moist Chocolate Zucchini Bars   Ingredients ½ cup butter 1¾ cups white sugar ½ cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2½ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ cup sour milk 1½ cups grated zucchini Instructions Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cream margarine, sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Beat well. Mix flour, salt, cocoa, and baking soda together. Add dry ingredients to first mixture alternately with sour milk. Fold in zucchini. Bake in a 9 x 13 inch pan for 35 Read More…

Dorcas Raber’s Homemade Coffeecake

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Dorcas Raber is our new Amish Cook's mother and you'll be hearing from her more in the future I'm sure.  She's just a wonderful, charming woman who's raised a family largely from scratch on the rural scrub-land of southern Illinois.  She says that "if you are out of eggs, this coffeecake is a dandy!".  She also mentions some variations that might make it more palatable for those who want a "healthier" version.  So she adds: "If you are health conscious, add less sugar and substitute vegetable oil for 1/2 cup applesauce and 1/2 cup oil.  Add 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of white flour. Or use your own imagination and judgment."   Ah, my kind of coffeecake, a fail-safe kind it sounds like, and yummy! Print Dorcas Raber's Homemade Coffeecake   Ingredients 1¼ cup sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt Topping: ½ cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon Instructions Mix the sugar, oil, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Then add flour, Read More…

Georgia Pecan Pie

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This recipe comes to me from a Beachy Amish Mennonite man in rural Georgia.  What is so striking to me isn't the recipe, but the script.  He's sent me a number of recipes and, as you can see, his penmanship is almost art.  But the pecan pie recipe sounds good too:)  So here it is!  He does say you can up the amount of brown sugar in the recipe if you like a sweeter pie (that'd be me).  I'm not sure how this pie recipe differs from other pecan pie recipes, but I would imagine using some fresh Georgia pecans would make a difference.  Either way, pecan pie is a southern specialty so if you are wanting a truly authentic recipe I can't imagine a better source then a Mennonite man in deep, rural Georgia.  Enjoy! Print Georgia Pecan Pie   Ingredients 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon maple flavoring 1 /4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon melted butter 1 cup light corn syrup ½ cup brown sugar 1 cup chopped fresh pecans Instructions Preheat oven to 400. Beat eggs and add vanilla, maple, salt, butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar. Add pecans, stirring to coat. Then Read More…

Mennonite Chocolate-Caramel Cake

This is a recipe that comes to me from Dayton, Virginia's wonderful Old Order Mennonite community.  Just a neat, neat place.  And this recipe is for your basic chocolate cake topped with a thick layer of chocolate-caramel frosting. I think what makes this recipe more interesting than your average chocolate cake is the addition of chocolate milk as an ingredient in the frosting.  This cake sounds amazing, so if anyone wants a sweet treat this weekend, have at it!:) 5.0 from 1 reviews Print   Ingredients 2 cups flour, sifted 2 cups sugar ¾ cups cocoa 2 t baking powder pinch salt ½ c oil 1 c hot coffee 1 c milk 2 eggs CHOCOLATE CARAMEL FROSTING ½ c butter 1 c brown sugar ¼ cup chocolate milk 1¾ -2 c powdered sugar Melt butter in pan. Add brown sugar and cook over low heat 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Instructions Mix together first 5 ingredients. Make a well in the center and add next four ingredients. Beat just enough to mix well). Pour into greased 9" layer pans. Bake 25-35 min at 350. For frosting: Add milk and Read More…

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