By Kevin Williams
We’ve featured many recipes on Amish365.com with funny names: Tears on Your Pillow Pie, Snoozer Sandwiches, Marriage Meatloaf, Hubby’s Sticky Buns, etc….Bob Andy Pie may take the cake (er, pie) in regards to funny names. What the heck is Bob Andy Pie?
I first ran into this delicious dessert over 20 years ago in the Berne, Indiana settlement. The pie was little-known back then, but it has been written about since then in some widely circulated publications. This is one of the classic Indiana Amish confections with the original origins of the name being lost to history and changing oral traditions. One person tells one story, another tells another and soon the original is lost.
Well, depends on which story you believe. One is the simple version that an Amish homemaker named the pie after her two sons, Robert and Andy who liked it so much. Another version is that an Amish husband liked the pie so much he named it after his prize geldings who were named Bob and Andy.
Whichever version you ascribe to you, you’ll love this pie will its cool, creamy, cinnamony goodness which is perfect on a warm spring or summer weekend (someday those will arrive). I have seen some variations of the recipe that call for flaked coconut, but this version does not call for that. And, you know, you can leave the cloves out. This was one of the first Amish pies I tried making and, if I recall, I did leave the cloves out.
Okay, here you go, here is the original recipe I had 20 some years ago for Bob Andy Pie:
Serves: 2 pies
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 1 /2 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 heaping tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 eggs (beat yolks and whites separately)
- Mix together sugar, flour, cloves, and cinnamon.
- Add butter, beaten egg yolks, and milk.
- Then add whites of eggs.
- Pour into two unbaked pie shells and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until toothpick in the center comes out clean