Amish Country Recipes

Amish Country Recipes

Recipes that go great with some of our great Amish offerings!

Amish Country Apple Butter Bread
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar (or use Splenda Brown Sugar for a sugar free alternative)
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups Amish country Apple Butter (can be substituted with Sugar Free Apple Butter)
1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
(can be made with or without walnuts)

1 Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
2 Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
3 In a small bowl mix 3/4 cup apple butter, apple juice, butter and egg together. Fold in the raisins and chopped nuts. Add the apple butter mixture to the dry ingredients and blend together. Pour half the mixture in a loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray or coated with grease. Gently spread the reserved 3/4 cup apple butter over the batter. Pour the rest of the batter over the apple butter mixture and spread evenly over the top to cover. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 65 minutes or until done.
4 To bake “my mistake loaf” just put all the apple butter in the wet ingredients and blend into the dry ingredients. I cut up dried pineapple pieces and added with the nuts instead of the raisins. Pour the whole batter into the loaf pan and bake as above.
5 This makes a heavy moist bread that is delicious.

Amish Country Apple Butter Cake
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
dash ground cloves
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 cup Amish Country Apple Butter
walnut or pecan halves, optional

Generously grease and flour bottoms of 3 8-inch layer cake pans. Measure sifted flour, baking soda, salt, and spices into sifter. Measure milk into a 2-cup measure; add vinegar.
In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift in dry ingredients in about 4 additions, alternating with the soured milk. Beat on low speed just until blended. Stir in the apple butter and pour into pans. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes, or until center springs back when lightly touched with finger. Cool in pans on racks for 5 minutes. Loosen sides with a knife; turn out onto racks. Cool layers completely. Put layers together with cream cheese frosting or a Butter Frosting , then frost sides and top. Garnish with walnuts or pecans, if desired.

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup brown sugar (use Splenda Brown Sugar for a sugar free alternative)
1 egg
1/2 cup quick oatmeal
1/2 cup Amish Country Apple Butter (can substitute with Sugar Free Apple Butter)
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg, oatmeal, and apple butter. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture along with milk. Beat until blended. Stir in nuts. Chill.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. These freeze well.

And of course our most requested recipe that goes great with our Amish Apple Butter or fruit spreads:

Amish Friendship Bread

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 c. warm water
1 1/2 c. lukewarm water
2 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. salt


Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water, flour, salt, and sugar. Beat until smooth. Let stand uncovered at room temperature three to five days stirring 2 or 3 times a day. Use a wooden spoon. Cover at night.

When the mixture is ready it should have a yeasty smell. Then pour out one cup of this to use in the friendship mixture. The rest should stand one day and then be refrigerated covered. Use within 10 days. Now, with the 1 cup you took out, add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup flour and 1 teaspoon sugar.

Do not use metal spoon. Do not refrigerate. The day you receive the started mixture – do nothing. Days 2, 3, and 4 stir with a wooden spoon. Day five add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. STIR. Days 6, 7, 8, and 9 only stir the mixture. Day 10 add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, one cup milk and stir. Pour 1 cup mixture into each of the three separate containers and give to three friends.

The remaining mixture add 2/3 cup oil, 3 eggs, 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add fruits, nuts, raisins or chopped apple. Before baking, pour into 2 well greased and sugared loaf pans. Bake 45 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool 10 minutes.

Note:  While this recipe doesn’t include any of our Amish products it goes GREAT with some of our Amish Apple or Fruit Butters.

Amish Homemade Biscuit

2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
4 tablespoons butter or shortening
1/2 tsp. salt
approx. 3/4 cup milk
Sift Flour once, measure, add baking powder and salt, and sift again. Cut in shortening or butter. (this is where I use my hands by rubbing the butter into the flour). Slowly add milk, making sure you stir until soft dough is formed. place the dough on slightly floured board and lightly knead for 30-60 seconds, enough to shape. Roll 1/2 inch thick and cut with 2 inch biscuit cutter or use the floured edge of a 2 to 2 1/2 inch drinking glass. Bake on ungreased sheet in a 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. Makes 12 biscuits.   Serve with butter and one of our great jams, jellies, or fruit butter spreads.

Amish Homemade Pie Crust

2 cups all-purpose flour, siftedamish-pie-crust
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter or 2/3 cup shortening
5 -7 tablespoons cold water

Place the  flour into a large mixing bowl.
Using a knife or pastry cutter, slice the butter into the flour.
Add salt and water.
Use mixer or hands to mix the ingredients until dough is formed.
Sprinkle a bit of flour onto flat surface and place dough on the surface
Use roller to roll dough flat
Cut dough into circle large enough to cover bottom and sides of greased pie dish
Use one of our locally Amish made pie fillings.
Bake at 375 degrees until brown.
Note: For pie top or lattice work double the above recipe to make enough dough to cut slices to weave into a beautiful lattice top for your pie.  Sprinkle lightly with sugar or brush with a light butter/sugar mixture.