I had a really enjoyable visit on Friday to an Amish church district just southeast of Hillsboro, Ohio in Highland County. This was the first such open-to-the-public supper this particular Amish church has held. This is a relatively new group to the Highland County, having just moved to the area 3 years ago. They are trying to raise funds to build an Amish school and hire a teacher for it. The Amish church consists of families generally from western Kentucky. They came in search of cheaper farmland and maybe a bit less humid of a climate, which southern Ohio offers (although you’d be hard-pressed to convince me of that on some of our scorching July days). There are currently 9 school-age children in the church, a number which will double by next year.
At least 300 people showed up for the supper and I even had the pleasure to meet a few of our site readers there. So that was a treat. There were also a lot of Amish and Old Order Mennonites from neighboring church districts who came out to support their brethren, That was really nice to see, because I know sometimes there are splits within the Amish that can get pretty strident. This particular evening was all about fellowship, being neighborly, and eating some good food. The menu was modeled after a typical wedding menu that this group would serve when they lived in Munfordville, Kentucky: chicken, stuffing, peas, cole slaw, fruit salad, and pie. Oh and there was a chilled date pudding there that was just amazingly yummy. I could have easily put away several helpings of it.
“Me and my sister make date pudding a lot of for weddings,” Schrock said, adding that she buys dates from the local Mennonite owned bulk food store. Another one of Schrock’s dessert specialties is “Vanilla Creamy Crumb Pie”, which is made with pure maple syrup. Wow. I’ll get the recipe for that from her sometime. I will be posting a video from the event later today, but here is an Amish date pudding recipe so you can make your own. Trust me, it is tasty!:)
1 c. boiling water
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. chopped nuts
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. white sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
BROWN SUGAR SAUCE:
1 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1 1/2 c. boiling water,1 tbsp. butter
Cream butter, sugar, and egg together. Put dates, soda, and boiling water together; let set until cool and mix everything together. Pour in greased 9×13 pan and pour brown sugar sauce over top. Bake 40 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool, cut into chunks, mix with Cool Whip.