Anybody hear of the grain spelt?

During one of my first trips to Amish Country, I discovered an old-fashioned grain that’s growing in popularity, especially in organic and whole-food markets–Spelt. Some of my Old Order friends use spelt for horse feed, but have recently started baking with it, too. Here’s a recipe from Rosanna Coblentz of Winesburg, Ohio.

Old Fashioned Spelt-Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Cream Together:
3 Cups Brown Sugar
1 ½ Cups butter
Beat in 4 eggs until creamy.
Blend in: 1 cup raisins
In a measuring cup: mix ½ cup boiling water and 3 tsp. Baking soda
Mix dry ingredients together:
1 ¾ cup All-purpose flour
2 cups whole Speltz flour
4 cups oatmeal (quick oats)
2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Baking powder

Mix well together the dry ingredients to the creamed ingredients.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on a cookie sheet about 2-3” apart and bake at 325 degrees for approximately 10 to 12 minutes.

Rosie’s hint….these make great Amish Whoopie Pies. Just make a frosting of:
2 Beaten egg whites
2 Cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Beat these ingredients together, then add 11/2 cups of Crisco shortening.
Spread on the bottom of one cookie then put another cookie on top. Kids love them!!

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2 Responses to “Anybody hear of the grain spelt?”

  1. Hello Mary, I just finish An Amish Family Reunion. I love the book and the recipes. And looking forward to trying the Oatmeal Raisin cookie one. I do some baking but have never bake anything with Spelt in it. I hope to find that spelt near me.

    Also looking forward to reading more of your wonderful books. I read alot of the Amish story books.

    Always Cindy


  2. I never heard of Spelt. Interesting!


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