AMISH FUDGE NUT BARS: The Amish typically celebrate holidays in very no-frills fashion. In most Amish homes you won’t find Christmas trees, giant plastic snowmen, or boughs of holly strung across the mantle. The Amish mostly reject these more secular trappings of the holiday. Generally, the only holiday decorations I’ve seen in Amish homes are, perhaps, some Christmas cards with snow scenes or reindeer taped to the wall or sitting on the mantel. Wrapped gifts are exchanged in some settlements where the tradition has caught on, but other communities don’t practice it. Amish communities vary great from place to place depending on local traditions and the individual bishop.
CAPTION: This is photo of a very similar recipe found on Taste of Home.
One way in which the Amish do express their celebration of the season is through food.
This fudge nut bar recipe is an old Amish favorite and this recipe is an easy, delicious one. It is an old recipe and instructions are rather spare. A pan size is not given and you can use butter in place of oleo or even half and half. This is an interesting article that talks about the origins of oleo.
- 2 cups oleo
- 4 cups brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 6 cups oatmeal
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons soda
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 package chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 can Eagle brand milk
- 1 cup nuts
- 2 tablespoons oleo
- Mix and press half in bottom of a loaf pan.
- Then mix filling in a saucepan and melt.
- Pour over first mixture.
- Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until light brown.
As delicious as this may sound - this particular recipe is not for a beginner. This seems like an enormous amount of ingredients to be combined and pressed into only one loaf pan - it must be intended for several loaf pans - who knows how many, or a 9 X 13 pan? The photo, even though it's from TOH, shows a topping over the chocolate, and that is not mentioned in the recipe. As it's supposed to be baked until "light brown", some of the base layer must go on top, as the chocolate would already be brown in color.
Sounds decadent! Is the Eagle Brand Milk the same as sweetened canned milk? For the amount of ingredients, I'm surprised it goes into a loaf pan! Is this correct?
Janet, I'd use a 9 X 13 baking pan....the instructions are sparse, but that is what I would do....and, yes sweetened canned milk will suffice.
Thanks for your reply. The picture shows large enough pieces, that a loaf pan would not suffice. I was thinking 9x13 also .....
Thanks, Laurie, that is helpful!
Hi ,what is oleo?
Old, out-dated term for butter, you can use butter