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About These Recipes
Amish families gather around their long kitchen tables for three meals together every day. It may be a routine, but the food they enjoy is beyond the ordinary.
The Amish dress austerely; they discipline themselves by driving buggies and refusing electricity in their homes. They work hard and long. But when they eat, they celebrate!
The Amish are friends of the earth, respectful of the soil, alert to the seasons. And so their gardens produce bountifully. Their abundant farms offer them eggs, milk, cream, and livestock.
And when they set aside work to socialize, the Amish surround their events with foodplentiful, homemade, and comfortingly delicious. The school picnic, sisters day, family reunions, farm auctions, singings, weddings, and churchall would be unthinkable without a vast spread of food.
Here are some of their favorite recipes. Prepare them, eat them with family or friends, and sample one part of these people's lives.
These dishes are likely to become some of your favorites, too!
Phyllis Pellman Good
SAMPLE RECIPESBreads, Rolls, & Buns
Honey Oatmeal Bread
Makes 2-3 loaves/
2 cups boiling water
1 cup dry rolled oats
2 Tbsp. yeast
1/3 cup lukewarm water
1 Tbsp. salt
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. vinegar
2 Tbsp. blackstrap molasses
2 cups whole wheat flour
4-5 cups white flour
1. Pour boiling water over dry oats. Let stand 30 minutes. Meanwhile, dissolve yeast in lukewarm water.
2. To first mixture add the salt, honey, egg, vinegar, molasses, and yeast mixture. Gradually add enough flour so the dough can be kneaded. (Dough should be slightly sticky.) Knead 5-10 minutes.
3. Let rise until double in size, about 1 hour. Punch down, then divide into 2-3 loaves. Place in bread pans and let rise again.
4. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.
Homemade White Bread
Makes 2 large or 3 medium loaves/
1 pkg. dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 cups lukewarm water
11/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar
13/4 Tbsp. shortening
7-8 cups flour
1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup lukewarm water.
2. Mix 2 cups water, salt, sugar, and shortening in a large bowl. Add the yeast mixture to it and, gradually, the flour. Knead until smooth and elastic.
3. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and set in a warm place to rise until double.
4. Punch down. Let rise again. Put into large loaf pans or three medium-sized ones. Let rise again until double.
5. Bake at 350° for 1/2 hour.
Whole Wheat Bread
Makes 4 loaves/
2 pkgs. dry yeast
4 cups warm water
1/2 cup soft margarine or butter
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp. salt
6 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups white flour
1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
2. Combine margarine, molasses, honey, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.
3. Add yeast mixture. Gradually add flour. Turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth.
4. Place in greased bowl and let rise until double. Punch down. Let dough rest a few minutes.
5. Shape into 4 loaves. Place in greased bread pans. Let rise about 1 hour.
6. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes.