By Kevin Williams
Wow, I saw this pie picture in The Home Place's e-newsletter. A cool, refreshing raisin cream pie. Doesn't this look amazing? It looks amazing, and I don't really even like raisins.
I first had Amish raisin pie years ago and I was preparing myself to not like it, but I DID like it. It's raisins encased in cool custard and it just goes down so nicely. But this raisin cream pie looks amazing, like the best of the best. The Home Place is a Beachy Amish Mennonite owned bakery, bulk food, and furniture emporium about a half hour east of Cincinnati. I to journey there soon and check out some of these baked goods. They really are amazing (and, no, not a paid infomercial, I just genuinely think it's a great place and its one of the closest to where I live). Email them at [email protected] and you can be tempted by amazing food photography.
Now their recipe is for raisin cream pie. I don't have that, but raisin pie does make my list of 5 most refreshing summer Amish desserts. Let's have a look at the list.
AMISH RAISIN PIE: Cool, custardy, wonderful. Try it! (And, as an aside, the pie is often served at funerals in Pennsylvania Amish communities, so much so that it has earned the moniker "funeral pie."). Click here for the recipe. There are custardy versions like this, or more traditional closed crust raisin fruit filling ones, I prefer the cool, creamy kind.
EASY ICE CREAM: Hmmmm, there is not much more refreshing on a hot, hot day than a bowl of homemade ice cream. And this stuff is pretty hassle free. No using bags of salt and ice cream churn, etc. Just refreshing ice cream. Check out the recipe here.
SUMMER BUMBLEBERRY PIE: Filled with blueberries, rhubarb, raspberries, and strawberries, this pie is an amazing homage to summer. A cool, cool treat. Enjoy! Click here.
AMISH DATE PUDDING: If I could have a do-over on an Amish dessert, it'd be this one. It was so good, so refreshing...I wish could go back to the Amish benefit event that I had it at and have it again, this time I would eat it slowly and savor every last morsel of it. Date pudding is a very Amish dessert during the summer and I can see why. It really is amazing. Click here for the recipe.
AMISH LEMON PUDDING BARS
- 1 cup butter, cold
- 2 cups flour
- 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 (8 oz) package cool whip topping, divided
- 3 cups milk, cold
- 2 packages instant lemon pudding
- Cut butter into flour with a fork or pastry blender until well combined. Press into 9x13 pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
- Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar til smooth. Fold in 1 cup cool whip. Spread mixture over cooled crust.
- Beat milk and pudding with a whisk for 2 minutes. Spread pudding over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining cool whip.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour before eating. Enjoy!