Weekend cooking: The Amish Homestead Cookbook

I’m not sure where I picked up “The Amish Homestead Cookbook”. I’ve never been to an Amish community or homestead. I think I must have seen it somewhere in Virginia and thought this might be a nice addition to my small collection of cookbooks.

It’s funny. On the inside it says “Dutchland Pennsylvania” and I was wondering about this because a lot of the words in the book remind me of German. It is explained then that the German-speaking people were originally known as the “Pennsylvania Deutsch”, but later that changed to “Pennsylvania Dutch”. The recipes are all very short and have only a small number of ingredients, just like the recipes from the Raleigh Tavern bake shop.

I chose to share a vegetable dish which sounds rather sweet. amish

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples 

  • 6 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced apples
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. mace

Boil sweet potatoes until tender. Slice in 1/4 inch pieces. Butter baking dish and put a layer of sweet potatoes in bottom, then a layer of apples. Sprinkle with sugar, salt and mace, and dot with butter. Repeat until dish is filled, having the top layer of apples. Bake in moderate oven (350-f) for 50 minutes.

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads

6 Comments Write a comment

  1. Wow, that sounds delish! I’m definitely going to try this one in the fall.
    Have a great week, happy cooking and reading!


  2. I agree, it does sound sweet, but delicious at the same time. I am sure the kids will love it.


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