Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida (The Pinecraft Collection)

Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida (The Pinecraft Collection)

by Sherry Gore

ISBN: 9780310335542

Publisher Zondervan

Published in Calendars/Cooking

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The Recipes

Breads and Rolls

Honey Wheat Bread

¼ cup flour
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup honey
2 ½ heaping tablespoons brown
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup boiling water
2 cups cold water
¾ cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons yeast
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
5 ½ cups white flour

Preheat oven to 350°. In mixer bowl, combine, on low speed, the ½ cup flour, sugar, honey, brown sugar, salt, and boiling water. Add in order given: cold water, vegetable oil, yeast, 2 ½ cups whole wheat, and 5 ½ cups white flour. When all ingredients have been added, increase speed and mix 9 ½ minutes. Divide dough into four even portions and shape into loaves. Put into greased bread pans and let rise. Bake approximately 28 minutes. (See color plate 6 for illustration.)

Esther Schlabach, Sarasota, Florida

Lisa's Homemade White Bread

3 cups warm water
3 tablespoons yeast
2 tablespoons salt
½ cup sugar
½ cup oil
½ cup instant or mashed potatoes
8 cups white flour

In large bowl mix water and yeast together. Add salt, sugar, oil, potatoes, and flour. Turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic; about 10 minutes. Sprinkle more flour on the dough if needed so it's no longer sticky. Grease a large mixing bowl with butter or shortening. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise till double. Punch down and knead; let rise again. Divide dough into 3 parts. Shape into loaves and place in greased bread pans. Let rise until double in size. The second rising takes less time. Bake at 375 for 30–35 minutes. Remove bread from pans and let set on cooling racks. Brush tops with butter. Store in plastic bags. Makes 3 loaves. (See color plate 6 for illustration.)

Lisa Miller, Chouteau, Oklahoma

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

1 box lemon cake mix
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 (3.4 ounce) package lemon or
vanilla instant pudding
4 eggs
1 cup water
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
¾ cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine all ingredients until moistened. Grease and flour bread pan. Bake 20–30 minutes until center is done. Also makes good muffins!

Mrs. Matthias (Sarah) Overholt, Sarasota, Florida

Pumpkin Bread

3 ½ cups flour
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
2 cups canned pumpkin

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine dry ingredients (through ginger) and mix well. Add the 4 moist ingredients. Mix well. Pour into 2 bread pans. Bake 1 hour or until done. This bread freezes really well.

Esther Schlabach, Sarasota, Florida

Banana Sour Cream Bread

¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup butter
3 cups sugar
3 eggs
6 ripe bananas
16 ounces sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking soda
4 ½ cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease 4 small or one large loaf pan. In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Use cinnamon-sugar mixture to dust pan. In large bowl, cream butter, 3 cups sugar, eggs, bananas, sour cream, vanilla, and remaining cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda, and flour. Stir in nuts. Bake 1 hour, covering loaves with foil the last 15 minutes of baking time.

Shannon Torkelson, Alberta, Canada

Stuffed Cheese Buns

2 tablespoons yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup olive oil
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
8 ounces mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons melted butter
½ teaspoon garlic powder
dried parsley flakes

Combine yeast and water and let mixture stand for a couple minutes. Add sugar, garlic powder, melted butter, and oil. Add the flour a little at a time. Add the salt. Knead for at least 10 minutes. Let the dough rise in a greased bowl covered with a wet cloth for about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°. Divide dough into about 20 pieces. Tuck a ¾-inch chunk of cheese in each one and pinch all the edges back up tightly. Place buns pinched side down onto a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle the buns with more shredded cheese and some Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375° 11–15 minutes until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly. Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon garlic powder and parsley flakes. Serve warm. Makes 20 buns.

Sherry Gore, Pinecraft, Florida

Garlic Lover's Cheese Bread

1 loaf French bread (cut into
1-inch slices)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
6 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Setting bread slices aside, beat everything else with mixer until thoroughly blended. Spread each bread slice with mixture and place on baking sheets. Broil for a quick 3–4 minutes until golden brown. Makes 10–12 servings.

Shannon Torkelson, Alberta, Canada

Monkey Bread

3 tubes buttermilk refrigerated
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup butter
½ cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Open and remove biscuits. Cut each one into 4 pieces. Mix sugar and cinnamon and roll each piece of biscuit into sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place evenly in greased Bundt pan. In small saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar, and a little cinnamon until smooth. Pour over biscuits. Bake 30 minutes or until slightly crunchy on top. Remove from oven and place on plate, upside down, and jiggle until cake falls out. This is a nice treat for the children, when brought to a sister's sewing circle, and extra good when served with hot coffee.

Mrs. Sylvanus (Mary) Hershberger, Millersburg, Ohio

Aunt Mary's Corn Bread

margarine or bacon grease
1 cup self-rising cornmeal
1 small can creamed corn
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup sour cream
3 teaspoons baking powder
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 425°. Let margarine or bacon grease melt in baking dish while oven heats. Mix ingredients well. Pour into hot, greased 7x11-inch pan and bake 15 minutes or until golden brown and crusty.

Miriam Good, Elida, Ohio

Premium Gingerbread with Old-Fashioned Lemon Sauce

1 egg
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ cup butter
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup molasses
½ teaspoon ginger
2½ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
7/8 cup boiling water (1 cup minus
2 tablespoons)

Old-Fashioned Lemon Sauce

1 cup sugar
1 egg, well beaten
¼ cup butter
¾ teaspoon grated lemon zest
¼ cup water
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Premium Gingerbread: Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all ingredients, adding water last. Bake 35 minutes. Ser(Continues…)

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