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Amish Oatmeal Bread

I made the Amish oatmeal bread from the recipe on this site yesterday.  WOW!  I am very, very pleased!  This bread is SO moist and soft.  I've never seen a recipe quite like it and I've never had bread come out so good!  


I'd post pictures here, but since I'm not sure how you can go to my forum where I posted about this to see pics of the bread after it was done rising in the pans and then once it was done baking.  MARVELOUS!! 

Amish Onion Cake Recipe

Hello all!

I was looking though old issues of "Taste of Home" and found an interesting looking recipe.  It was a runner-up for their onion competition.  It comes from the Aug/Sept 2003 issue.


Amish Onion Cake

"This rich, moist bread with an onion-poppy seed topping is a wonderful break from your everyday bread routine.  You can serve it with any meat, and it's a nice accompaniment to soup or salad."

  •  3 to 4 medium onions, chopped 
  • 2 cups cold butter or margarine, divided
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground pepper
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream

In a large skillet, cook onions in 1/2 cup butter over low heat for 10 minutes.  Stir in the poppy seeds, salt, paprika, and pepper; cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally.  In a bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and sugars.  Cut in 1 1/4 cups butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Melt the remaining butter.  In a bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, sour cream, and melted butter.  Make a well in dry ingredients; stir in egg mixture just until moistened. Spread into a greased 10 inch srpingform pan.  Spoon onion mixture over the dough.  Place pan on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.  Serve warm.  10-12 servings.

Quilts, Bread, and Horses

Some of these quilt images displayed on a blog left me scratching my head.   The montage of quilts is entitled "Amish Quilts of Daviess County, Indiana."  I was fine with it until I saw the pattern with "grizzly bears" on them.  Huh?  First of all, I am not an expert on Amish quilts.  And the quilts that I am most familiar with are the ones from the Berne area of Indiana.  In the Swiss tradition of that community the quilts tend to be much plainer with colors mainly solid.  The craftsmanship is just as exquisite, though.  The problem with so many things Amish that get sold for commercial purposes is sorting out what really is AMISH tradition and what is made for the benefit of ENGLISH consumption.  I just find it hard to believe that there are many Amish women gathering at quilting bees making grizzly bear designs.  Maybe I'm wrong.  Certainly other patterns on the website seem to be of greater Amish authenticity, so the website is worth a peek!

This is a recipe posted on a food blog for Amish white bread.  Looks like a good recipe. Lovina's differs in that she uses lard in place of vegetable shortening, but I doubt many of you want to do take a look at this bread recipe which reflects the simple style of Amish yeast baking.

Interesting, cute story behind this photograph, but I didn't think the horses look angry. They just seem to be staring at the camera. Am I missing something?

Southern Ohioans Answer to Snow: PANIC!!!!!!

Well we are finally scheduled to get our snow here in southwest Ohio.  I say "finally" but if the storm materiaizes as planned this will actually be a fairly early snow for us.  Forecasts are calling for 3 to 6" to fall between midnight tonight and late tomorrow.   SIGH, inevitably, the snow forecasts set off the mindless stampede to the grocery store.  I'm not quite sure what a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk will do to ward off the storm, but that seems to be the course of action for most locals here.  All the while the local TV stations fan the flames of panic by hyping it up even more.  And add to that the fact that I'm sure those of you who actually get REAL snow are laughing at us.  I'm sure schools across the area will shut their doors tomorrow.

The snowstorm that continues to be the "gold standard" that all others are measured against in this area is "The Blizzard of 78."  I was five years old when that event occurred and not even living in the country so I have always lamented the fact that I missed out on The Big One.  Lovina Eicher - who pens the Amish Cook column - remembers being snowed in for days and days after the Blizzard of `78.  Yet the cows still needed milking, the only problem is the milk truck couldn't stop by to make the daily pick up.  So Lovina says for days they were filling every conceivable container with milk until the milk truck finally made an appearance a week later.

There have been other bad storms here.  The "Christmas Storm" of 2005 paralyzed our area for days.   But beyond that, it is 78 that casts the longest shadow.  Is this the storm that most others out in blogland remember? Or is there another one that sets the standard in your part of the country?  Okay, gotta go to the grocery store to get some milk!

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