By Kevin Williams
First, as an aside...I kind of feel like an idiot. I've been doing features like "Amish Amazon" and "Amish Etsy" for years just for fun, it's fun to see what items are out there and talk about them. Sometimes people would buy the items I featured, sometimes they wouldn't. I was just doing it for fun, and I am still. But I didn't know Amish365.com could get a commission on anything you buy from my feature posts. SIGH. Well, better late than never....so now if you buy something I feature on Amazon or Etsy, a small commission will be paid to the site and it really helps with the upkeep. In fact, if you have anything to buy at Amazon, whether it be diapers, toothpaste, socks, a computer, whatever, if you go to Amazon using this link, Amish365 will get a commission. It's really appreciated! It is a win-win all the way around.
I've been doing this features for years anyway, now I'll just get paid a little bit for them, but the angle or content won't change.
So, what do we have today?
SWEET POTATO BUTTER: This just absolutely fascinates me. Amish cooks make butters out of a lot of things: apples, hot peppers, but sweet potatoes? I'm going to have to order this sometime. This comes from the famous Kitchen Kettle Village in Lancaster County's Amish country where you have plentiful Amish recipes and traditions. Click here to purchase a two-pack. Interestingly, Walnut Creek (an Ohio-based "Amish Country" brand) also sells it, but you can buy it in a single jar for only $4.95. That might be the way to go, although I'm a fan of Kitchen Kettle. I mean, I like both, but Kitchen Kettle is sort of the gold standard. Anyway, I can't wait to taste this sometime...just sounds very intriguing. If anyone orders it and tries it before I do, let us know what you think!
WET BOTTOM SHOOFLY PIE: This is a good bet if you are far from Amish Country and have always wanted to try a shoofly pie. It's a two-pack from the Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop. Now, in case you are wondering, it is possible to have pies shipped to you. I've been the receiver of many Amish pie shipments over the years and they've always arrived in one piece. Check out the goods here!
PEANUT BUTTER FUDGIES: These are amazing-sounding (and looking) from the Bread Box Bakery and Cafe in Shipshewana, Indiana's Amish Country. Man, I may have to put this on my wish list too.....click here to see and/or buy.
AMISH-MADE BREAD BOX: I kind of like this simple, pine Amish-made breadbox from Amish wares. This is more like what you'd find in an Amish home, sometimes Amish craftsmen design to please the public, but I think the most pleasing designs are the authentic ones they'd use for their own homes. Click here to see.
AMISH POT PIE NOODLES: To this day I still get tripped up when an Amish person tells me that they've had pot pie for supper. When I hear "pot pie" I think of those frozen Swanson classics, but when the Amish say "pot pie", it's more referring to a hearty, noodle-filled soup than anything else. The noodles used are square, thick noodles and you can buy a pack here.
And you can try this classic soup recipe below, this is a Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie recipe here...this is one is very authentic.
Now, some Amish in the Midwest DO make their pot pie in a crust as evidenced by this recipe from our Original Amish Cook Cookbook which is available as a Kindle book here.
- 1 chicken, cooked and cubed
- 1 can of cream of chicken soup
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 pint peas
- 1 pint cooked carrots
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3 /4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1 /2 cups milk
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- Combine filling ingredients and pour into a 9 X 12 pan.
- Then following instructions below for the crust:
- /2 cups flour
- tablespoon baking powder
- /4 teaspoons salt
- /2 cups milk
- tablespoons melted butter
- Mix well and pour over chicken mixture.
- Do not stir after you have poured the crust.
- Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until crust is golden.
Ms. Catherine Melba Alston Hardy