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Amish Acres Bean Soup

  • 1 lb. Soup Beans
  • 1 Ham bone
  • 1/2 c. Chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp. Seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Celery salt
  • Dash of garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper

amish acresSoak beans in water overnight. Drain, add fresh water and cook slowly with the ham bone for 2 hours. Add onion, celery salt, seasoning salt and garlic salt, salt and pepper. Remove ham bone, trim off any meat and return to pot. Add ham bits and simmer for 1 hour.

Amish Acres has served an iron kettle of piping hot bean soup as its first course for the award winning Threshers Dinner for over 30 years. Much success with your own bean soup, and please come visit Amish Acres and indulge in the Threshers Dinner - from your first spoonful of bean soup to the last bite of crumb topping on our homemade shoofly pie.

 

Shoofly Pie

  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. water
  • 1/3 c. dark corn syrup
  • 1/3 c. maple syrup
  • 1/4 c. light molasses
  • 1 Lg. egg, well beaten

Combine flour, sugar set aside. Put water in pan Stir in corn syrup and molasses and maple syrup. Add egg. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of flour mixture into unbaked pastry shell. Carefully cover with liquid filling. Top with remaining flour mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the mixture sets. Makes one pie.

Within a year of the arrival of the first Quakers from England to establish Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mennonites settled in nearby Germantown. The Mennonites and related Anabaptist sects became known as the Pennsylvania Dutch. The farmers’ market in Lancaster was established in perpetuity by royal charter of George II in 1742. Rudyard Kipling was inspired to write that the Pennsylvania Dutch lived "as peaceful as Heaven might be if they farmed there." Whether these Germans invented fruit pies remains possible but unanswered. There is full agreement that shoofly pie, in its original form, that of a sponge cake baked in a crust, came from Pennsylvania Dutch ovens. The heavy molasses filling made it the sweetest pie cooling on the window sill. Its popularity among the flies being shooed from it was, possibly, the source of its name.

 

Sweet & Sour Cabbage

Chop 6 lb. of cabbage, peeling off outer leaves and quartering. Run through food processor minimum times so cabbage is uneven.

Add to cabbage:

  • 1 1/8 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 1/2 c. Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Celery Seed
  • 1/8 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • dash celery salt
  • 1/2 pimento chopped

Mix all ingredients together. Chill and allow to marinate.

 

Cider Broth for Ham

  • 1 Quart apple cider
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 4 to 6 cloves
  • 1/2 Whole sliced onion

Bring all ingredients to simmer stage. Use to baste a whole ham or bake slices in it.