THREE AMISH CAST-OFF RECIPES AND WHY THEY ARE CAST-OFF
I've worked on many cookbooks over the years and I've collected hundreds and hundreds of Amish recipes, but these are three I just couldn't find a place for in our cookbooks, but they were too good just to discard (I eventually put them in our cookbook, the Amish Recipe Project). Here are the recipes and why they were cast-offs
MONSTER COOKIES - Monster Cookies wasn't a cast-off because it was a bad recipe. It's just that monster cookies are so popular among the Amish that they are featured in almost every Amish cookbook, I just couldn't find a place for them in ours. I actually think the recipe is in the first cookbook we ever did. The Amish cook who sent it to me also did not include a yield.
- 1 1 /2 stick oleo
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 pound creamy peanut butter cookies
- 2 1 /2 teaspoons baking soda
- 4 cups oatmeal
- 1 /2 pound M&Ms
- 12 ounces chocolate chips
- Cream sugars and oleo.
- Add eggs, then add rest of ingredients.
- Add more oatmeal if necessary to make a stiff dough.
- Form into teaspoon-size balls and roll in powdered sugar.
- Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
- Do not overbake!
MISSISSIPPI MUD PIE - An Amish woman sent me this recipe but I just couldn't find a place for it. Now all these years later I'm not sure why I didn't include it. Looks like a perfectly good recipe, I guess I just didn't think Mississippi mud pie was "Amish enough" of a recipe, you see Mississippi Mud pie recipes many places, right? Also, the instructions were a bit spare but I think anyone who knows their way around a kitchen could probably figure it out. Here is the version the Amish woman sent me.
Mississippi Mud Pie
- 1 1 /2 cup brown sugar
- 2 1 /2 cups milk
- 1 /2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 egg yolks
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 12 graham crackers
- 1 tablespoon butter, heaping
- Melt butter and brown sugar.
- Add sugar and water and boil until thick.
- Add vanilla and put into a dish.
- Roll graham crackers and spread on.
- Spread with beaten egg white and a few graham cracker crumbs.
- Brown slightly.
FINNISH COFFEECAKE: This one I have scratched my head over for sometime. An Amish woman in Illinois sent me the recipe, but, really, Finnish Coffeecake? How the heck did it end up in an Amish woman's recipe collection? Just seemed like an odd fit. But the Amish lady really liked the recipe, adding this to it:
If you are out of eggs, this cake is a dandy. If you are health conscious, add less sugar and substitute vegetable oil for 1 /2 cup applesauce and a 1 /2 cup oil. Add 1 cup whole wheat flour ad 1 cup white flour. Or use your own imagination and judgment!
Serves: 1 coffeecake
- Mix 1 1 /4 cup sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 /2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 /2 teaspoon salt
- Pour into a greased 13 X 9” pan.
- Sprinkle topping on top of batter: 1 /2 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
- Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
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