Easter is a religious holiday steeped in tradition among the Amish. While the holiday lacks the secular trappings found among non-Amish, such as the Easter bunny, it is a day that combines festive elements with solemn religious observance.
One of the customs the Amish often mark the day with a special meal, as a way to bring family and friends together. The Amish celebrate Easter in many different ways, depending on the community.
Amish candy shops are often churning out sweet treats and stunning, mouth-watering chocolate creations.
Easter is also sort of an unofficial marker of the start of spring as dandelions begin to be in bloom, so the day is sometimes spent gathering the first of the season to be turned into jams and dandelion gravies.
Others use Easter day for relaxation, visiting with family, reading, catching up on correspondence, or reading the Bible. Some Amish will fast until the afternoon meal. Sunrise services are not a tradition among the Amish like they are elsewhere, if the Amish have a church service on Easter Sunday, it'll be at the usual 9 a.m. time. Since the Amish attend church just every other Sunday, if Easter happens to fall on a non-church Sunday, they simply won't have a service.
Here are six favorite Amish Easter recipes to celebrate the day!
Here are Six Favorite Amish Easter recipes packed with taste and tradition!
Mrs. Yoder's Bacon Four-Bean Baked Beans
By Kevin Williams No, this is recipe isn't from our Mrs. Yoder, who pens The Amish Cook column, but from an Amish woman in Highland County, Ohio. I sampled her recent several years ago at a benefit supper and I have to say it was probably the best baked bean recipe I had ever tried
Baked Ham Salad
The recipe originally appeared in Elizabeth Coblentz's Amish Cook column and was christened "Baked Ham Salad":, but it's pretty much a baked ham casserole. It's a hot meal that would taste good as a main entrée and not so much (in my opinion) like a ham salad sandwich. I made this meal on WGN "Lunch
Amish Ham & Cheddar Waffles For Easter
Looking for something a little bit different on Easter morning? This is a favorite among some Amish. The recipe is from the Amish Cook archives. This recipe was tested by one of our site regulars, Barbara, using a stove-top Wagner Ware #1408 waffle-maker, something you'd see in many Amish kitchens. Barbara reported that her husband was a little skittish
Old-Fashioned Amish Crumb Cake
Crumb cake is a staple in Amish bakeries. They are easy to make and versatile, serving as a delicious breakfast bread, a dessert, or a snack.