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Amish Friends Cookbook: Desserts, By Wanda E. Brunstetter

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...yummy Amish dessert recipes, made from ingredients found in any kitchen is easy-to-understand, the recipes simple to follow.


Good buy from Seattle’s own

Wanda E, Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Cookbook: Desserts, Daymaker, 2011, 160 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1616262921, $16.99

In the weeks before the holidays I look for and experiment with new recipes. Successful easy-to-make recipes (that everyone wants more of) are then added to my “keeper” file and become part of traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Best-selling author, Wanda Brunstetter’s new Amish dessert cookbook, with lavish photographs of mouth-watering recipes, thoughts, quotes and colorful snapshots of Amish life scattered throughout, caught my attention.

She opens with a short account of the Amish and Mennonite communities, where the religious community comes from and why they migrated to America then offers the first collection of cake recipes.

Cakes are made from scratch with simple ingredients found in any kitchen, except for the “Honey Bun Cake” from Saloma Slabaugh that calls for a yellow cake mix. All of the cake recipes are enticing, but the “Apple Dapple Cake” from Jeremia Schwartz, with an icing of butter and brown sugar won my attention. Simple and easy to make with apples and nuts, the generous servings from the 9x12 baking dish leaves room for seconds.

I wanted to try all the tempting candy recipes, but settled on “White Chocolate Candy” from Rebecca Troyer, made with white chocolate, peanut butter and nuts. And “No-Cook Fudge” made with cream cheese from Levi Stutzman. Yummy is the only word to describe these two!

From Amanda Stutzman’s “Peanut Butter Fingers,” to Linda Troyer’s “Boyfriend Cookies,” to Linda Peachey’s “Swedish Butter Cookies,” and more, there is nothing not to like in this cookie collection. I plan to try several recipes well into the New Year.

These are just a sampling of tantalizing concoctions that include “Ice cream, Toppings & Frozen Desserts,” and an assortment of “Pies, Puddings & Cobblers.”

This dessert cookbook of yummy Amish dessert recipes, made from ingredients found in any kitchen is easy-to-understand, the recipes simple to follow. The only added touch I would have liked would have been a recipe nutrition breakdown. However, the holiday season is a time when indulgences are expected and accepted. The inclusion of Scripture and uplifting wise quotes, such as “If you are too busy to pray, you are busier than God wants you to be,” is an added bonus.

The colorful dessert cookbook collection includes over 125 recipes from Amish kitchens and makes an affordable gift for yourself, or anyone who enjoys cooking.

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