When I was a mother to four small children, we’d all jump into the minivan and visit the nearby Amish of Cherry Creek, NY. Why were all four kids so cooperative in getting into that van? Because of the Amish treats and goodies sold along the way at roadside stands.
One day, I got up the nerve to ask for a recipe from an Amish woman. I told her my kids love her baked goods, but as for making them from scratch? Well, I made a cake from scratch once and not even the dog would eat it. No kidding. Elizabeth told me I needed to make Cinnamon Flop, the fast way to make cinnamon rolls. She said it was “flop-proof,” and able to be made in a jiffy.
After I tried it the first time, I felt like screaming, “Touchdown!” I could bake like the Amish!
Over the years, I’ve found that asking Amish women for recipes is a real gateway into forming lasting relationships. The Amish are proud of their baked goods and will chatter on about other recipes, drink mixes and before you know it, you’re sitting at their kitchen table over a cup of tea.
Having lived near the Amish in New York for ten years and now near a settlement in Smicksburg, PA, I have so many recipes, I could write a cookbook! Instead, I sprinkle these recipes throughout my Amish Knitting Circle books in the Smicksburg Tales series. In the first book, there are over thirty recipes, and yes, Cinnamon Flop is the first!
- 3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
- 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs, well beaten
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
Preheat oven to 375° F. Cream butter with sugar. Beat in eggs. Sift flour with baking powder and add alternately with the milk. Pour into a well-buttered 9-inch deep pie plate or 8 x 8 inch square baking dish. Sprinkle top with brown sugar, dot with butter, and sprinkle with lots of ground cinnamon. Bake for approximately 30 minutes.
Karen Anna Vogel has worn many hats: stay-at-home mom to four kids, homeschool veteran, entrepreneur, substitute teacher and wife to Tim for 33 years. Writing has always been a constant passion, so Karen was thrilled to meet her literary agent, Joyce Hart, in a bookstore…gabbing about Amish fiction. After her kids flew the coop, she delved into writing, and nine books later, she’s passionate about portraying the Amish and small town life in a realistic way, many of her novels based on true stores. She is also a top 100 Amazon Author in the religion and spirituality sections. Her latest Kindle release is The Herbalist’s Daughter. Living in rural, PA, she writes about all the beauty around her: rolling hills, farmland, and the sound of buggy wheels.
She’s a graduate from Seton Hill University (psych & education) and Andersonville Theological Seminary (Masters in Biblical Counseling). In her spare time she enjoys knitting, birding, photography, homesteading, and watching/reading anything Jane Austen.
Today is the last day for submissions to the Amish Wisdom Cook’s Corner Recipe Contest!
Submit your Amish recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org and you might see your creation featured in the Amish Wisdom Cook’s Corner on July 18th!
In order for your submission to be considered, please include your full name and at least one high resolution picture of your dish. You may also include a picture of yourself and up to 5 pictures of your dish. We’ll accept submissions through July 11th. And please let us know what your favorite Amish fiction book is when you email.
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