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About Amish Cooking
Welcome to Amish cooking — their recipes, techniques, and stories. The recipes you find at Amish Recipes and Cooking generally are updated for use with modern kitchen utensils.
We will publish a book in the near-future containing Amish chocolate-covered candy recipes. And yes, there will be stories. (My mom was a genius with Amish candy — something I treasure to this day.)
A Unique Road With Amish Recipes
Some of the articles will have an Amish recipe along with a story about how the recipe was updated — the testing and the tasting; and generally more modifications with more testing and tasting.
As Amish Recipes and Cooking gradually expands, there will be more and more recipes, stories about how some of the recipes evolved, and stories about Amish cooking.
My name is Will Bontrager. I was born and raised Amish, the oldest of many siblings. Our kitchen had a wood-burning stovetop and oven. There was no electricity. And no gas for ovens and stoves, or hot water heaters.
My earliest memories of helping in the kitchen include bringing in kindling for the wood box so mom could fire up the stove. Mom would then stand me on a chair so I could watch her cook on the stovetop. I was perhaps 5 years old. Maybe 4.
I love to cook and bake, especially making candies and inventing recipes based on what I learned from my mom. Those talents came from her. She was the best for updating recipes depending on what ingredients were at hand or easily available — often better than the original.
Converting Amish Recipes
The Amish make do with what they have. Thus, Amish recipes generally aren't classy. The recipes, however, are classic Amish.
Converting Amish recipes so they can be used by non-Amish in modern kitchens is a special thrill.
Unless otherwise noted with the recipe itself, all recipes published here have been tested in my own kitchen.
All recipes are either from Amish recipe books and updated for modern kitchens or my own developments — tested and tweaked until I was satisfied with them.
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