By Kevin Williams
The Amish do observe Valentine’s Day through a pop culture lens. Amish kids will often exchange Valentine cards at school and kitchens will come alive with homemade candies, chocolates,and other sweet desserts to celebrate one’s sweetie.
I remember visiting an Amish woman’s home one Valentine’s Day and she was making little heart-shaped glazed doughnuts. Man, they were good and very festively captured the spirit of the day without being ostentatious about it. Generally, that is the key to any Amish observance of days popular in pop culture, a low-key, fun observance.
This is a recipe that I got from an Amish woman in Ohio at some point through the years. Now, this recipe does call for uncooked eggs and I know that makes some people squeamish or at least is something you should be alert about. The egg is contained in the topping, it wouldn’t bother me. Buying pasteurized eggs generally eliminates risk. But, buyer beware. Anyway, enjoy this recipe. Recipe tester Barbara gave it a whirl and says that her husband loved it.
“Mr just loved this. He said tasted like an airy ice cream dessert, very light and fluffy. The crust was good and went well with the dessert. My thoughts, I tasted and was actually good. Not crazy about doing a dessert with raw eggs.
Need to take out of the freezer for about half hour in order to get the crust out of the pan.”
So if you are looking for a sweet treat for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day, use some Amish inspiration and make this!
CUPID’S RASPBERRY SWIRL:
3 /4 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons margarine, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Mix together and press into 9 X 13 pan. Bake at 375 for 9 minutes.
3 eggs, separated
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1 /4 teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
1-10 ounce package frozen red raspberries, thawed
Beat egg yolks until thicken. Add cream cheese, sugar, and salt. Beat until smooth and light. Set aside.l Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold in whipped cream. Add to cream cheese mixture. Add half of raspberries and pour into the graham cracker crust. Pour the rest of the raspberries on top and swirl with knife. Freeze overnight and serve.