By Kevin Williams
Recipes at Amish benefit auctions are usually tasty, comfort-food affairs. The food can range from sweet and sticky doughnuts to comforting ham and beans. Usually there is a table of pies and other baked goods, sometimes home ice cream. You really can't go wrong with anything you find to eat at an Amish auction! Often you'll find several huge grills going where some Amish men are barbecuing chicken. If going to an Amish auction isn't in the cards for you, you can recreate some of the most popular recipes in your own home.
This first "beef and beans" recipe was served at an Amish auction I was at years ago, they just ladled it into little sytrofoam cups and it was delicious and $1 a serving.
- 1 pound hamburger
- 1 /4 cup catsup
- 3 /4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestshire sauce
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- salt to taste
- celery salt to taste
- onion salt
- 1 can of pork and beans
- Pour into a casserole dish, mix together and bake at 300 for 1 hour.
Related Recipe: Four Baked Beans and Bacon
Corn chowder shows up at some Amish auctions, steaming in a sytrofoam cup. Yum. If you happen upon a batch of this soup, BUY SOME, if it's done right, it'll be heaven in a cup....
- 4 slices bacon
- 2 tbs onion, minced
- 1 tbs celery, minced
- 1 tbs pepper, minced
- 2 cups corn
- 2 potatoes, diced
- 3 tomatoes, cut-up
- 2 pints milk
- Dice the bacon and put into pan to brown, add onion, celery and pepper; fry until bacon is crisp.
- Add the corn and fry together for 3 minutes.
- Add the potatoes, tomatoes and seasoning, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Finally add the milk, heat to the boiling point and serve with a little chopped parsley.
Related Recipe: Chicken Corn Soup
MENNONITE CREAM BUNS
Man, if you are lucky enough to score some of these, again, get them. Easy to eat as you walk down the auction midway. These are one of these treats that you almost feel guilty eating because whoever made them, it takes a lot of work, but it takes about 1 minute to eat it. Much less work to eat it!
Sweet Rolls for Cream Buns:
Soak 1 pkg. yeast in ½ cup lukewarm water in which 1 tsp. sugar has been dissolved.
Scald 3 cups milk. Add ¾ cup shortening and 1 ½ cups white sugar.
Cool to lukewarm, then add yeast and stir in 5 cups flour.
Beat thoroughly and then cover and let set in warm place till bubbly (about 45 minutes).
Stir down and add 2 tsp. salt and 2 eggs well beaten.
Then add remaining 4 or 5 cups flour (9 or 10 cups flour in all).
KEEP DOUGH AS SOFT AS POSSIBLE.
Let rise till double in bulk and finish as desired.
Punch down dough and divide into 4 equal parts.
Divide each part into 10 pieces, shape into buns and place on baking sheets.
Cover and let rise,
then bake at 325o degrees approximately 12-15 minutes until delicate brown.
Wrap underside of baking sheets with alluminum foil to prevent dark
Slice buns almost through before freezing.
½ cup Crisco - beat until fluffy.
Then add 2 cups icing sugar
EDITOR'S PICK- VANILLA CRUMB PIE
This pie is probably my single favorite Amish pie and I found a slice for sale at the annual "Wheat Ridge" Amish school auction in Adams County, Ohio. The picture below is a vanilla crumb pie made by Amish365 reader Dee Carter.
RELATED RECIPE: Vanilla Crumb Bars
Amish Vanilla Crumb Pie
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon flour
- ¼ cup corn syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup butter
- In a saucepan, bring filling ingredients to a boil. let cool slightly
- Combine crumb ingredients
- Pour cooled sauce in an unbaked pie crust.Add crumbs on top
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until golden brown
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH FUNNEL CAKES
This is a recipe you'll find at some Amish auctions, especially in Pennsylvania. But you can also make them at home!
1 cup milk
1 cup water
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Oil for deep-fat frying
In a large bowl, beat eggs.
Add milk, water and vanilla until well blended.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; beat into egg mixture until smooth.
Cover the bottom of a funnel spout with a flat utensil; ladle ½ cup of batter into the funnel.
Holding the funnel several inches above the oil, move utensil and move the funnel in a spiral motion until all the batter is released (scraping with a rubber spatula if needed).
Fry for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve warm.
Yield: 8 cakes.
RELATED RECIPE: Homemade Lard Cakes