Marta Perry is our guest today and she is blogging about a subject I know we all love…Amish cooking. She is also giving one lucky reader the chance to win her new book Susanna’s Dream. Contest rules are at the bottom of the post. Let’s all welcome Marta to Destination Amish!
Amish Cooking by Marta Perry
One of the best things about writing Amish fiction is the necessity of mentioning Amish food frequently—and it’s impossible to mention without tasting! Since my family heritage is Pennsylvania Dutch, I have plenty of traditional recipes in my collection. I come from a long line of women who were happiest when they were feeding people, and I really enjoy carrying on the tradition!
The Pennsylvania Dutch are not really Dutch at all. We’re descendants of German-speaking immigrants who came to Pennsylvania in the seventeen hundreds, drawn by William Penn’s promise of ample farmland and religious freedom. So many came that it’s estimated that fully one-fourth of today’s Pennsylvania residents are of German-speaking descent. They brought with them their unique folk art, their religion, and their cherished recipes for hearty breads, pies and cakes, sweets and sours–farm food, suitable for nourishing a family through a day of work from sun-up to sun-down.
Even the names are engaging: whoopie pies and pefferneuse, schnitz un knepp, hexel and mummix, all tantalize both curiosity and taste buds. If I’ve convinced you to give Pennsylvania Dutch cooking a try, here’s my recipe for Shoofly Pie, a traditional breakfast dish:
Filling: Mix together 1 ½ cups boiling water, 1 teaspoons baking soda, and 1 cup of molasses.
Crumbs: Mix 4 cups of flour with 2 cups of brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Cut in one cup of shortening until crumbs form.
Line 2 pie tins with pastry, either homemade or purchased shells. Pour half of the filling into each shell. Put half of the crumbs in each shell over the filling. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. This is a “wet-bottom” shoofly pie recipe, with lots of juice in the bottom layer. Enjoy!
You’ll find more recipes in the back of my current Amish novel, SUSANNA’S DREAM, out from Berkley Books this month. And if you’d like to receive a copy of my brochure of Pennsylvania Dutch recipes, just contact me at [email protected].
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**Contest starts today Monday, February 3rd and ends on Monday, February 10th.**
Haven’t read any of your books but that will change. This looks good
Love all books Amish
Hi, love your books and love shoofly pie! Thanks for the chance to win.
Love your books. Thank you for a chance to win. I have always wanted to make a Shoofly Pie. I am a little intimidated though by it. It sounds too easy. LOL!!
Thanks for a chance to win this book. I love Amish books!
Thank you for that delicious sounding recipe! I have read and loved all your books and can’t wait to add this one to my home library!
Thank you for the opportunity to enter and hopefully win!
Would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity
Thanks for the recipe. I love to read Amish books, hoping to win.
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Would love to win this book- we have 5 Amish Families on my road – I love reading your books as well as other Authors about the Amish..
I have read and loved your books for over a year now . Thanks for a chance to win this one.
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LOVE all of Marta’s books – can’t wait to read this one!
This looks like it might be my next good read!
this book looks good, hope I win it. Love your books.
Thank you for the opportunity to win your book. I’m new to Amish fiction and I am enjoying it!
I would love to win! Great author and great book! thanks!
I just shared this on my facebook page. Hopefully someone I know will win!
Love your books please enter my name in the drawing thank you
The cover of this book is absolutely beautiful!!! I for one, cannot wait to read it. May you always be able to keep your wonderful stories coming Marta!!!
Thank you and God bless
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This book looks and sounds awesome. Would love to win it.
I love Marta’s books! I would be thrilled to win a copy of Susanna’s Dreams.
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Would love to win your new book.
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Would love to win this book and get to know another Amish Author..God Bless
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Susanna’s Dream sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a wonderful week.
I love your books! Can’t wait to read this one!
Love the books–just retired and have time to read now.
Would love to win this book!
I LOVE your books and would really like to win this one!
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I love your books and would like to win this new one. Thanks for the chance.
Have loved every one if your books and look forward to this one
I have read your Amish mysteries and I love them, Marta! Thanks for the chance to win your new book! I am very excited!
Love Marta’s stories! Also love Amish Recipes!
Love your books, sharing this on Facebook!!! Would love to win a book!!! Thank You
Love your books. Hope to add this to my collection.
Love your books! I always recommend them to others.
I ready every book Marta Perry writes that I can get my hands on. I know this one will be good too. Thanks for the chance to WIN!
I have read your stories and love every one. I would love to win this book and I always save the recipes at the end of each story no matter who the author is.
God Bless you and your talent as an author.
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I love your books and have read everyone I can get my hands on. May God keep blessing you with the stories that I so enjoy.
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Love your books Marta!
WOuld so love to win this one!
I am such an Amish book junkie!
Thank you for this chance to win a copy of your book! I love shoofly pie and always buy a pie when we visit Pa. I would love to try and make one. Thanks for sharing. I also shared this on fb. ~ Blessings ~
I have read all your books and have been waiting for a new one to come out,would love to win this!!
Love all your books and the Pennsylvania Dutch recipes as well. I am looking forward to reading “Susanna’s Dream”.
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So love your books! I now have my mom hooked as well!!
LOVE Marty’s books…thank you so much for the opportunity to win this one!!
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Thanks for the chance to win. I live among the Amish and I love reading the amish books
Can’t wait to read your book. Love all things Amish and read all the time on my Tmax pad. I read when I should be working in the house, like right now, lol!!!
Looks like another good book by Marta. Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks!!
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Thank you for the recipe, Marta. Your books are a joy to read.
Please enter me in your contest. I love your books. Thanks Connie
Can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for offering the giveaway.
Marta I have read all of your books that I have been able to get my hands on. I enjoyed each one of them. I would love to win this book. Thank you for this contest. God bless you.
Love your books ! Thanks for a chance to win 🙂
Thank you Marta for a terrific change to win. Please enter me. Blessings.
I would love to win one of your books. My best friend is Amish. two years ago I had cancer and Ada helped this English girl through it with her deeds, prayers and love.I have a collection of Amish books and I get to live the life of a Plain people through them.
I have read your books this new book no 2 and the n0 I haven’t read yet what is the name of no 1 I love reading and now want this new series I haven’t gone to libray in a while now will cant wait to read
I love all of your Amish books and can’t wait to read your newest!!
i absolutely love all your books. my income is less than four hundred dollars monthly for disability so i cant afford them. i will be going in the hospital to have two major surgeries and i wish i had an ereader or your books to read, because it will be a long road for recovery. [email protected]
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Have read your books and have two on hold right now want to win, reading aout the Amish have put me closer to God then I ever have been. thank you for a chance own one of your books. karen at [email protected] going to now go post on facebook
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Hi Marta. It was reading your books that started me reading inspirational fiction – in particular – the Amish Community. All other fiction dulls in comparison for me. Thank you very much for this wonderful-gut opportunity.
Other than their handmade goodies, the food of the Amish,
Many thanks, Ciindi
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YOU, MARTA< are one of my FAVORITE authors! I have purchased many of your Amish books, and then keep them. Know I should recycle, but just can't do it! lol WOULD LOVE to win one….for free! Thanks
LOVe YOUR WRITING…you are so talented! Blessings to you! (Cannot seem to get this post to “GO”?
Yes, I love to get Amish books who share a recipe for their food is so good. Hope to win the book and thanks for offering one
Marta has a talent for making you feel like you know the characters! LOVE her books!
I love reading about the Amish, I love their recipes and I have a lot of cookbooks by the Amish and people that get them from the Amish. I also love mysteries. I’ve read a few of your books and love them. Just found you as an author less than a year ago. Some of the Amish authors recommended you on their web page. Thanks for the contest & wishing you God’s richest blessings. PS: I will leave reviews.
I am fascinated with Amish cooking and lifestyle. Right now I can only learn through books, but hopefully this summer I can take a trip to Lancaster.
First off I would like to Welcome You!! Thank you for the Shoo Fly pie recipe!!. I will be checking out your new Book Susanna’s Dream.!! I love All Amish Books!! I cant wait to read yours!! Barbara Prisinzano
I have enjoyed your other books….am looking forward to this one. Thank you!
I love all of your books, Marta, especially the Amish mystery books. Looking forward to Susanna’s Dream.
I’ve read the first book in this series and am really looking forward to the next one! I love all of Marta Perry’s books!
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I have read almost all of your books and really like them. I read all the time and would love to win this book. Thanks for the Shoofly Pie recipe which I am going to make tomorrow. I had an aunt that made this pie all the time but I have never tried to make one.
I LOVE MARTA PERRY’S BOOKS. I HAVE ALL OF HER AMISH BOOKS THAT SHE HAS WRITTEN.
SHOOFLY PIE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PIES!!!!
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Great looking cover, would love to win your book! Thanks for good clean books to read! Blessings…..
i have read some or your books and i had really enjoyed them all will keep looking for more thanks
Would love to win. I love your books.
Love, Love, Love all of Marta’s books! I look forward to more delightful reading!
I love your books. Thank you for the opportunity to win this !
My family are from Pennsylvania and we are Pennsylvania Dutch descent. I love reading all of your books. Many of the Amish recipe’s have been passed down through my family.
would love to win
I would love to win this book.Looks like a great book.Beautiful cover.Thanks for the [email protected]
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Marta,Your books have been such an inspiration to me to get closer to God and to understand and love the Amish culture and their cooking! Thank You! I have shared this on My FB page too!
Love Marta’s books, but haven’t read this one and would absolutely love to!
I have absolutely loved every book of Marta Perry’s that I have read. I can’t wait to read this series! Hope to win!
I would love to win Marta’s new book, thank you for the chance.
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Love to read amish stories and so thankful for the authors that share in giveaways…
would love to be in this drawing.
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Thank you for the recipe..will be trying it. I would love to read your book…thanks.
I love your books. Would love to win it.
Enjoy reading your books.
I love your books. Not only are they Amish Books, but also Amish Mysteries!!!! What a great combination. I would love to win this book. Judy F
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Thanks for the chance to win your latest book. Also I want to thank you for the book mark and Amish Recipes I had requested. I especially love your mystery Amish books, those are me favorite.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter this drawing. Enjoy the Amish stories. Plan to share on Facebook.
Love all your books. Yet, Naomi’s Christmas was my favorite!
Marta, Enjoyed your post. Reading your books has always blessed me with the characters and story lines. Thank you for the recipe I have never made one of these pies.
Thanks for giveaway
This looks so yummy!
Loved the first book in the Lost Sisters series and I can’t wait to read the second one. Love the shoo-fly pie recipe too. Wet-Bottom Shoo Fly Pie is one of my favorites.
I love reading Amish fiction and love the book cover. I love visiting Lancaster, Penn. and eating the Penn.Dutch food there.
Hello. I enjoyed this visit off Marta Perry. Very interesting. And, thanks for this recipe. I have many cooks in my family so will share it with them. I would love to win this book. Thanks for a chance to do so. GOD bless this blog. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com
I enjoyed the information that you provided on this site. I learned that most Amish are coming from
German heritage and not Dutch heritage and that Shoo Fly Pie is eaten for breakfast! Thank you Marta.
Marta love your stories and can’t wait for book two. please keep the recipes coming. Thanks for the giva away.
I enjoyed this blog post and becoming acquainted with an author that is new to me. I enjoy Amish recipes and stories very much and would be very happy to win this book. Thank you for this opportunity.
Thanks for the chance to win this book. It looks really interesting, and would be wonderful to add to my reading collection.
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Thanks everyone for entering this contest and a big thank you to Marta who hosted it:) The winner is Emma! Congratulations! In the coming months we have some great guests and giveaways lined up…stay tuned…
please let me win .I love to read an I never been to a book sineing . I treasuse books they give you a chance to travel love ,learn .I cant afford to buy many so please let me win this .my e mail mess up my address is claudiafarmer po bx 6 kegley wva 24731