Amish Funeral Cake and Funeral Pie Recipes
How this hub came to be
This hub came to be because of a question that GarnetBird asked me in the comment section of my Amish Recipes and Home Remedies hub. She had wanted to know if I knew where she could get the recipe for the Amish Funeral Cake, that and if I knew if it was made using raisins. Well GarnetBird, here is the answer to both.
I told her I thought it was made with raisins and I was wrong. The Amish Funeral Pie is made with raisins and the cake is generally not made with raisins. I thought I would include both the funeral cake and pie recipe and let her and everyone choose their favorite. While I was at it I included an Amish pie crust recipe. Enjoy.
Amish Funeral Cake
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9" by 13" baking pan.
In bowl, cream butter with both sugars for 3 minutes.
Add vanilla extract, blending well.
Mix flour and salt in sepeerate bowl. Add a little of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, stirring well until well blended.
Stir in a little of the buttermilk. Alternately add flou and buttermilk until all is gone.
When well blended pour into prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes or until top springs back when lightly tounched in the center.
Top with brown sugar topping.
Change oven setting to broil and place topped cake 8" from broiler heat.
Broil 3 minutes or until topping is brown and bubbly.
Cool on rack.
Brown Sugar Topping
7 tbsp melted butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Blend together and spread on top of cake. Broil 3 minutes. Cool on rack.
Amish Funeral Pie
2 cups raisins
2 cups water
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
pinch of salt
1 tbsp cider vinegar
3 tbsp unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line pie pan with half of the pastry and chill.
Place raisins and 2/3 cups water in saucepan and heat over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Combine both sugars , cornstarch, spices and salt in a bowl. Add remaining water slowly constantly stirring. Add this mixture to raisins that you are heating. Cook and stir mixture until it begins to bubble. Add vinegar and butter and heat until butter is melted. Cool untiljust warm.
Pour into chilled prepared shell and top with second crust. Bake 25 minutes or until golden. Cool.
Amish Pie Dough
2 1/4 cups flour
2/3 cups shortening
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup cold water
Combine flour and salt in mixing bowl.
Cut shortening into flour using two knives until particles are pea sized.
Add water gradually, sprinkling 1 tbsp at a time over mixture.
Toss lightly with a fork until all particles of flour has been dampened.
Roll dough into a round ball, handling as little as possible.
Roll our on a lightly floured board into a circle 1/8" thick and 1 " larger than the pie pan.
What is a Funeral Cake or Pie
Now that we know how to make a funeral cake and pie it is time to learn when they are used and why they are made.
First of all, the funeral cake came to us from Europe. It was used there to honor the recently deceased and to offer a little sustenance to the people who attended the funeral.
When it came to America, we used it precisely the same one. As a gesture of respect, in a way, for the deceased. It began with the Catholic religion and was passed on to the Protestants. It is a custom that is rarely followed anymore.
Occasionally a raisin pie is used by the Pennsylvania Dutch . It is sometimes served after a funeral. Mourners as a gift for the family of the deceased. This is a tradition imported to the states from Germany.
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