Quilting bees are a common activity among many Mennonite women. Quilts are usually made as wedding gifts for family members or for some charitable benefit such as the relief sales.
Making a quilt is a time-consuming task. A quilt pattern is selected and fabric is chosen to cut into pieces to make up the quilted top. After stitching these small pieces together, the assembled top, along with the soft fiber batting and fabric backing, are pinned onto a large quilt frame. Skilled hands then stitch the quilt into a single piece.
Below is one example of a typical dish served by the hostess of a quilting bee.
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 3/4 cups graham flour
- ⅓ cup shortening
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 3/4 cups sour milk (or buttermilk)
- ¾ cup molasses
- Whipped cream
- 1 can halved peaches
- Sift together the sugar, flour, bakingsoda, salt, baking powder, and graham flour.
- Cut in the shortening.
- Blend eggs, sour milk (or buttermilk), and molasses. Pour into dry mixture. Stir just enough to blend together.
- Bake in 2 greased loaf pans at 350° for 40 minutes.
- Slice. Place 2 slices on dessert plate. Add a pile of sweetened whipped cream. Top with a canned peach half, round side up.
The Pennsylvania Dutch are known for their unique traditional foods–recipes that reflect their German heritage and agricultural roots. Experience PA Dutch cooking for yourself with the authentic Amish and Mennonite recipes found in the pages of the Treasured Amish and Mennonite Recipes. Inside, you’ll find recipes for everything from apple butter to chicken pot-pie, ham loaf to classic mashed potatoes. The book is also filled with interesting facts and fun stories about many of the recipes, sure to surprise and delight you. Bring these delicious recipes into your kitchen to enjoy with your family today!
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