Lovina Eicher’s son-in-law Mose was injured in a car accident on Dec. 9. That evening she wrote: “Mose had several surgeries today and is still sedated and has not been conscious since the accident. His spleen was removed, and he has damage to his liver and bowels, a badly broken right leg, and they put a pin in his thigh. He is at risk for infection because of some of the broken bones. He had a bolt put in his head due to head injuries, to take pressure out of the head. His hip is also fractured, and his left foot and wrist are broken. He’s in critical but stable condition right now but they are being cautious as they are still finding more as they do surgeries. We ask for continued prayers and are thankful to everyone who has been praying. Susan and the children are staying with us. She will be limited in how often she can see Mose, which is so hard on her. Our sympathy goes out to the family of Mose’s driver, Dan, who was killed instantly in the accident. Dan’s son drives my son Benjamin to work every day; daughter Loretta’s boyfriend Dustin was Dan’s group leader at work. Dan was a great man to all who knew him. Let’s keep his family in our prayers as well. I haven’t heard how the girl is from the other car in this accident, but we want to lift her and her family up in our prayers too.”
Because of these events, this week’s column contains favorite recipes culled from two of Lovina’s cookbooks, Lovina’s Amish Kitchen and Amish Family Recipes. Please remember Mose, Susan, their two young children, and the larger family in prayer at this time.
My dad loved peanut brittle. My mom would always make it around the Christmas holiday.
2 cups sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup light corn syrup
½ cup cold water
2 cups raw peanuts
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon baking soda
Grease a large baking sheet; set aside.
In a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil sugar, salt, corn syrup, and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanuts. Set candy thermometer in place and continue cooking. Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300°F, or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard and brittle threads.
Remove from heat; immediately stir in butter and baking soda; pour at once onto baking sheet. With two forks, lift and pull peanut mixture into rectangle about 12 x 14 inches in size. Allow to cool, then break candy into pieces.
From The Essential Amish Cookbook.
My mother would always make Popcorn Balls around Christmastime. I like to add the red and green food color when I make them during the holiday season to give them that Christmas look.
¼ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
¼ cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
16 cups popped popcorn, salted
Combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 2 minutes. Add the baking soda and stir well.
Place popcorn in a large bowl and pour cooked mixture over popcorn, mixing well. Form into 3-inch balls and set on waxed paper to cool.
For color, a few drops of food color can be added to cooked mixture before pouring over popcorn.
From The Essential Amish Cookbook
I like to make these cookies around Christmastime, but they are good anytime of year. The nuts give them a nice crunchy texture.
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
Confectioners’ sugar, for rolling cookies
Cream together butter, granulated sugar, salt, and vanilla. Add nuts. Slowly add flour until combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours.
Preheat oven to 325°F. Drop small scoops of dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 10 minutes. Let cool, then roll in confectioners’ sugar.
From Amish Family Recipes, © 2020 Herald Press
Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Write to Eicher at P.O. Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply); or email LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org and your message will be passed on to her to read. Lovina’s cookbooks can be found online.