By Kevin Williams
I was excited to receive my copy of Amish Cooking in the mail today. This book was first published in 1977 by the Pathway Publishing Company and really kicked off the proliferation of mass-market Amish cookbooks. It is a slim, hardcover edition PACKED with recipes. Not a ton of meat recipes, the book is very dessert heavy. A few places in the lament the high cost of meat at the time, so I think the book tilts towards economical dishes. In fact, there is a whole chapter of recipes for leftovers, that is almost worth buying the book for that alone. Whole chapters on cookies, pies, cakes...just a super book that really captures the culture. Here are three recipes from the book, and I'll be sharing more in the weeks ahead. If you want a copy there are still some available for super prices using this Amazon affiliate link. I got my copy for, like, $4.
- 1 1 /2 cups butter or margarine
- 4 1 /2 cups sugar
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 6 eggs
- 6 squares (1 ounce) of unsweetened chocolate
- 6 cups sifted cake flour
- 3 teaspoons soda
- 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1 /2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups ice water
- Cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy.
- Blend in melted chocolate.
- Sift together dry ingredients, add alternately with water to the chocolate mixture.
- Pour batter into 3 8" layer pans which have been greased and lined with wax paper.
- Bake in a moderate oven 30 - 35 minutes.
BEGGAR'S DISH: Take 1 pour or more of hamburger with a bit of onions. Fry until good and done, then take a can of red kidney beans and drain off liquid. Put beans in with meat. Mix in well, then fry until good and done. This is an economical dish when meat is so expensive. For a variation, add a can of condensed tomato soup with the beans.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3 tablespoon onions
- 1 /2 teaspoon salt
- 1 /2 cup diced cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 cups cooked noodles
- 1 cup tomato juice
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 /4 cup ketchup
- Mix all ingredients and pour into greased casserole.
- Top with 1 /4 cup cracker crumbs.
- Bake at 350 for 1 hour or more.