The trending recipes entry the day after Thanksgiving is always interesting to behold. Gone are the gravies and stuffings and instead you just get a mish-mash of random recipes, with a slight tilt towards Christmas and that is exactly what is happening today.
AMISH CHICKEN CREPES: This isn't even an Amish recipe, but it is trending. That's what I mean, a very random assortment...perhaps it's just a nice holiday-time recipe. Here's a bit more about it:
This is a great recipe for a party and not hard if you do one step at a time like I did. I made the crepes one day and froze them, then the next day made the filling. The day of the party, I rolled the crepes and made the sauce and baked right before serving.
PEANUT BUTTER ROLLED OATS CAKE: No clue why this is trending, but it is tasty! Click here for the recipe.
HOMEMADE "TWIX BARS": Delicious homemade candy for Christmas. Great thing to make and put in a tin and give to someone for the holidays. Here is a description:
The reasons for being a copycat are both practical and fun. First, historically, most Amish have lived far from conventional grocery stores. So if one wanted to indulge in something like a Twix bar, doing so is not the easiest thing in the world. And even so buying something like a Twix bar would seem to be a frivolous indulgence for the historically thrifty Amish. But learning to make a "copycat" version, that is just fun. Cooking and baking are popular pastimes among the Amish. So that is why you see so many "copycat" recipes among the Amish: homemade "Heinz" catsup, homemade "Pizza Hut" pizza sauce, etc. Enjoy this copycat Twix recipe!
AMISH NUT BROWNIES: This is a wonderful recipe, so tasty for the holidays. Click here.
AMISH MASHED POTATO CANDY: The reason this is trending is obvious, people have loads of leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving and you can only eat so many potato pancakes, so the next logical thing is this candy, here is a description:
I asked the Amish baker if the candy really contained mashed potatoes and she assured me that it did. So she gave me a few pieces to take home and was nice enough to share the recipe with all of us. You really can't taste the potatoes...at least I can't, it's overpowered (or over powdered in this case) by the sugar...I think some creative Amish baker had a bunch of leftover mashed potatoes once and came up with this easy recipe
BRETHREN-FILLED RAISIN COOKIES: This is Brethren raisin-filled cookie recipe that does very well on Amish365 but I hadn't had any photos to show for it - until now. This recipe is an old Brethren recipe, the German Baptist Brethren are a sect very much like the Amish, but a bit more progressive, allowing for electricity and motorized vehicles. Cooking and baking styles, however, are quite similar to the Amish, perhaps a bit more elegant.
STOLTZFUS HAM LOAF: This is a delicious, authentic recipe, perfect for the Christmas holiday:
This was actually passed along to me by a reader years ago but I never posted it. The reader said: "I have enjoyed this twice at Stoltzfus’ in Intercourse, PA. The first time I ate there I asked for the recipe telling them I am from the Deep South and not in the restaurant business since I knew restaurants don’t like to give out their recipes. The young lady reached under the counter and handed me a copy saying they got so many requests that they made copies for all the folks that asked. I have made it many, many times and served it to many, many of our dinner guests. It is by far and away the biggest culinary hit I have ever scored except perhaps for my mother’s lasagna recipe. I would say bon appétit in Amish but I don’t know how."
AMISH BEAN SOUP WITH HAM BONE: A traditional classic! Click here.
BROWN SUGAR FROSTING: This is an an AMAZING frosting that you'll want to smother over all your holiday baked goods. A brief description: I think the secret is to just keep stirring the butter and brown sugar constantly so nothing burns and then remove from the heat as soon as it begins boiling. I also suggest using a deep kettle. There's nothing worse tasting than scorched brown sugar, but there are few things better than a perfectly combined brown sugar frosting. Click here for the recipe.