Amish Recipes

Most Old Order Amish have large families and live on tight budgets. As a result, their recipes are usually simple, nourishing, time-saving, and economical.  Most of their recipes are both better-tasting and more economical than their store-bought counterparts.  Here are a few recipes sent in by Amish readers to an Amish magazine:

Shoo-Fly Pie


2 cups molasses
2 cups hot water
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp. soda
Mix ingredients until dissolved

5 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup shortening
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

Mix to crumb consistency

Use a cup or more of syrup for a 9-inch pie shell. Pour syrup into unbaked crusts and divide the crumbs on top. Bake 10 minutes at 450 deg., plus 30 minutes at 375 deg., then another 30 minutes at 350 deg. (The temperature may vary with different ovens.) Makes four pies.
Note: 2 tsp. of nutmeg and 3 tsp. of cinnamon may be added to the crumbs.

Whole Wheat Pudding

Cream together:

 4 tbsp. shortening


2 well beaten eggs

 Mix well then add:

2 cups sour or buttermilk
1-1/2 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
1 cup raisins or chopped apples
1 cup sugar
2 cup sorghum
1 cup oatmeal
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. soda

 Bake in well-greaed 9 x 13 inch pan, 35 minutes at 350 deg. Serve warm or cold with fruit and milk.


 10 lb.hamburger or ground chicken meat
2-1/2 gallons diced potatoes
8-10 onions, diced
2 lb. macaroni, boiled
13 qt. tomato juice
1-1/2 gallons soup beans, cooked (navy beans)
 Brown ground meat. Mix all together and put in jars. Process quart jars at 15 lbs. pressure for 25 min. Makes about 40 qt.


2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
2 cup brown sugar
3 cups quick oats
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
Cream together butter, eggs, and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and pour into 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 deg. for 20 to 30 min. Serve with milk and fresh or frozen fruit.


3/4 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cream of tartaqr
1 tsp. salt
2-1/2 tbsp. sugar
1 egg, well-beaten
2 tbsp. melted butter
1 cup thick sour cream
4 tbsp. milk

Sift flour and cornmeal; measure and add soda cream of tartar, salt, and sugar. Add beaten egg, cream, milk and shortening.

Beat thoroughly. Pour into greased pan 9 inches square.  Bake at 425 deg. for 30 min.


2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tbsp butter or lard
sweet milk to make dough similar to biscuit dough
3 apples, rather tart

Mix first four ingredients, rubbing them into fine crumbs. Add milk and stir just until mixed. Roll out dough and cut in suitable squares. Wrap half of an apple in each square and place in buttered baking dish.


2 cups brown sugar
1 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. butter
nutmeg to taste

Mix and add 1 quart boiling water, stirring while adding. Pour over dumplings in pan and bake 30 to 45 min. Baste dumplings with sauce when half done.