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Friday, October 21, 2011

Images from Illinois's Amish community. With a pumpkin whoopie pie recipe.


Special thanks to Alice Aber for these Images of Arthur Illinois's Amish community, and to Lissa Holder for the whoopie pie recipe.  
Some info on Arthur: Arthur, village, Douglas and Moultrie counties, east-central Illinois, U.S. It lies about 30 miles (50 km) southwest of Champaign. Founded in 1873 as a railroad switching point, it was originally called Glasgow but was soon renamed for a brother of Robert Hervey, president of the Paris and Decatur Railroad. Members of the Old Order Amish settlement, a conservative religious group in the area since 1865 and now numbering some 3,500 to 4,000 members, have contributed to the character of the community. Horse-drawn buggies, the mode of travel for many Amish, share the country roads and village streets with automobiles, and local Amish businesses produce a number of traditional goods. Agriculture (corn [maize], soybeans, poultry, and livestock) and tourism are important to the local economy; manufactures include cabinets, furniture, garage doors, storage tanks, paper packaging, plastics, and farm implements. Richard
 
Lissa's pumpkin whoopie pie recipe with cream cheese filling. Preheat oven 350 degrees Bake 10 min.






Ingredients:






1 1/2 sticks (6 oz.) unsalted butter, 1 stick melted, 1/2 softened


1 c. packed light brown sugar


2 lg. eggs at room temperature lightly beaten


1 c. pure pumpkin puree


1T. pumpkin pie spice


1 1/2 t. vanilla extract


1t. baking powder


1t. baking soda


3/4 t. plus 2 pinches of salt


1 2/3 c. of flour


4 oz. cream cheese chilled


1 c. powdered sugar






Directions:






1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.


2. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, 1 t. vanilla, the baking powder, baking soda, and 3/4 t. salt. Fold in flour.


3. By tablespoon, drop 12 generous mounds of batter spaced evenly onto both sheets. Bake until done about 10 min. Cool completely on racks.


4. Cream butter and cream cheese, add powdered sugar and the 2 pinches of salt, 1/2 t. vanilla. Mix on low speed until speed until blended, then on medium high until fluffy about 2 min.


5. Spread filling on one flat side of cake and top with another.
Arthur Illinois's Amish community information taken from Encyclop√¶dia Britannica. Images of Arthur Illinois's Amish community from Alice Aber. Whoopie pie recipe from Lissa Holder.Richard from Amish Stories.  

Dont miss 2 homemade  recipes from Jean this Monday!
And next Friday on Amish Stories Martha returns with a great post so please give her a warm welcome back, along with a Mennonite recipe. 

www.PureCountryLiving.com

I've created this website out of my own interest in the Amish/Mennonite culture and of living in the country. Its a place for people who are interested in the Amish like myself, and its also a place to share Images of the beautiful country side that is all around me. my name is Richard, and I live very close to an Amish settlement here in Pennsylvania. This site is dedicated to my mother, who had started all of this by taking me as a child to Lancaster,pa from our apartment in the Bronx projects..........THANK YOU MOM............... Richard