This pie is one of my mother’s well-loved recipes. She often made this without the rhubarb and served it with or without a pie crust. It is delightful and refreshing either way! If you find yourself wondering about various ingredients listed, please know that present-day Amish do go to the store; they don’t necessarily cook everything “from scratch.”
- 1 ½ c. diced rhubarb
- ½ c. water
- ½ c. sugar
- 1 3-oz. package strawberry Jell-O
- 1 generous c. vanilla ice cream
- Pre-baked pie shell for 9-inch pie
- Prepare Jell-O as directed on the package and chill until almost set.
- Remove from refrigerator and add pureed rhubarb and vanilla ice cream.
- Beat thoroughly.
- Place mixture in a pre-baked pie shell and refrigerate until firm. Makes one 9-inch pie.
- Optional: slice a few strawberries on top. Also, strawberry ice cream can be used instead of vanilla ice cream.
It’s recipes like these that the characters in my latest novel, The River, miss when they leave their Amish home to live an English life. They get their fill of delicious food when they come back to celebrate their parents’ anniversary . . . though dinner conversation is sometimes strained as they face the unresolved relationships they left behind. This farmland picture is where I imagine Tilly and Ruth grew up. Here too is a lovely shot of the phone shanty on Eden Road, where Tilly calls her husband and sees Ruth’s initials carved on the wall. I’m so excited to be going home to my beloved Lancaster County—and other stops in Pennsylvania—for my fall book tour, which started on September 4. If you live in the area or are visiting the beautiful Amish countryside, be sure to take a look at my schedule. I’d love to meet you and sign a copy of The River! I hope you’ve enjoyed this taste of Amish cooking, and a bit of my own family traditions!
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. A keen interest in her mother’s Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado.
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