Recipes for a Three-Course Autumn Meal

Happy autumn, Amish readers! Last year, we invited you to Host a Harvest Get-Together using three recipes (Quick Garlic Cheese Breadsticks, Potato Chip Chicken Casserole, and Graham Cracker Fluff). This year, we’re sharing three recipes again—but this time, they’re all from the “fall” section of From the Farmhouse Kitchen, a new seasons-themed cookbook by Dawn Stoltzfus and Carol Falb! Our readers on Facebook helped us narrow down the choices. Now we present a three-course autumn meal for you to make and enjoy…

The Main Course



The Side Dish



The Dessert



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If you’d like to try more fall-themed recipes (or other seasonal delights), don’t forget to check out From the Farmhouse Kitchen. Happy cooking and baking!


Refreshingly Simple Recipe: Lemon Pudding Cookies

Keep things simple but oh-so-tasty with this recipe for Lemon Pudding Cookies! It comes from The Amish Baking Cookbook by Georgia Varozza & Kathleen Kerr, and if you’d like to find more dessert goodness, the cookbook is available through booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook, or Harvest House Publishers.

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Easy-as-Pie Custard Pie Recipe

Get ready for summer with a quick and easy dessert to enjoy on the porch in the evening or to share with friends! This custard pie recipe can be found in From the Farmhouse Kitchen by Dawn Stoltzfus & Carol Falb. If you’d like to try more of Dawn & Carol’s seasonal recipes, be sure to pick up the cookbook at your favorite bookseller, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook, or Harvest House Publishers!

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Homemade Butterscotch Pudding Recipe

Here’s a sweet little winter dessert from the pages of a soon-to-be-released cookbook! Give this homemade butterscotch pudding recipe a try for a weekend treat or a Valentine’s Day surprise.

The recipe is from Carol Falb, coauthor of From the Farmhouse Kitchen. You can pre-order this cookbook full of seasonal meal and dessert ideas from,,, or!

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Spread Some Cheer with Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Bake some cookies to share this winter season! These peppermint sugar cookies would make a sweet and festive gift—or a delightful addition to the family table.

The recipe comes from The Amish Baking Cookbook by Georgia Varozza and Kathleen Kerr. You can order a copy through,,, or Happy baking, and a very merry Christmas and happy New Year to all our Amish reader friends!

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Carrot Cake Recipe (From What the Bishop Saw)

what-the-bishop-sawIn addition to a solved mystery, the end of What the Bishop Saw includes a handful of tasty recipes! Earlier this week we asked our Facebook fans to vote for a recipe from the book they’d like to try:

  1. Apple Cinnamon French Toast
  2. Green Bean Casserole
  3. Carrot Cake

And the winner is…Carrot Cake!

You’ll find the carrot cake recipe below. And if you’d like to try more recipes…and indulge in a cozy mystery…be sure to check out What the Bishop Saw!

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Vannetta Chapman is the author of several novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series and Anna’s Healing. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a Carol Award winner and a multi-award-winning member of Romance Writers of America. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas Hill Country.

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German Sweet Rolls (From 99 Favorite Amish Breads, Rolls, and Muffins)

We have a little something sweet for you from Georgia Varozza’s new cookbook! Earlier this week we asked our Facebook fans to vote for a recipe they’d like to try from this list:

  1. Lemon Tea Bread
  2. German Sweet Rolls
  3. Jam Muffins

And the winner is…German Sweet Rolls!

You’ll find the recipe below. And if your mouth is watering for something tart and lemony or something sweet and moist, you can find the other two recipes (and more!) in 99 Favorite Amish Breads, Rolls, and Muffins.

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Georgia Varozza enjoys teaching people how to prepare and preserve healthy foods, live simply, and get the most from what they have. Visit her blog to learn more.


Amish Oatmeal Cookies—A Recipe from Sarah’s Orphans

The holidays are the perfect time of year for trying out a new dessert recipe! This one comes from Sarah’s Orphans by Vannetta Chapman (the book includes a selection of recipes at the end!).

Earlier this week we asked our Facebook fans to vote for a recipe they’d like to try from the book:

  1. Maple Cream Pie
  2. Amish Oatmeal Cookies
  3. Twelve-Egg Pound Cake

And the winner is…Amish Oatmeal Cookies!

You’ll find the recipe below. And if you’re longing to try one of the other recipes (and enjoy a moving story), don’t miss Sarah’s Orphans!


Pumpkin Spice Cake—An Autumn Recipe from Sewn with Joy

Looking for a way to celebrate the official arrival of autumn? Give this recipe from Sewn with Joy a try! (Sewn with Joy is the third novel in the Pinecraft Pie Shop series by Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore. This fiction series includes tasty recipes at the end of some of the chapters!)

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for a sweet recipe they’d like to try from the book:

  1. Apple Cream Pie
  2. Pumpkin Spice Cake
  3. Streusel Coffee Cake

And the winner is…Pumpkin Spice Cake!

You’ll find the recipe below. And if you’re longing to try one of the other recipes (and enjoy an engaging story too!), don’t miss Sewn with Joy!


Excerpt from My Life as an Amish Wife (with Amish Cream Pie Recipe)

My Life as an Amish WifeJoin Lena Yoder, Amish born and raised, as she shares about a day of winter baking (and a recipe for cream pie!) in this excerpt from My Life as an Amish Wife…

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“This is the day which the Lᴏʀᴅ has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” It’s easy to contemplate Psalm 118:24 on such a beautiful sunshine-filled day as today. We are to rejoice and be glad on the dreary days too, but it doesn’t come so easily then.

I’m aching to head outside and walk two miles, breathing in the fresh air and drinking in the beauty around me. I’d enjoy some quiet time by myself and feeling my muscles working to rid my body of all the sugar and flour I devoured today. My self-control went south this morning for some reason.

I baked a fresh batch of bread this forenoon, so decided to make one loaf of cheddar ranch as a treat for my family. I ate a piece of that for lunch. I also made Rice Crispy Treats for the children, and I had to lick what was stuck on my fingers when I transferred the mixture from the kettle to the pan. Wayne ordered an apple pie, but I haven’t tasted those except for a bit of crust that chipped off.

For several weeks now I’ve been aching for a piece of baked cream pie, so on this mighty day of baking I decided to bake three of those. I have no intention of eating them alone. In fact, I’ll share with the neighbors.

For the baked cream pie I use my Aunt Barbara’s recipe that is deliciously smooth and creamy. My sister Freda knows the recipe by heart. My sisters Ida and Leanna make it a lot. My sister Sue used it for one of her daughter’s wedding meals. My married nieces can bake them to perfection. So you see, it is definitely a family favorite. Self-discipline needs to come home again and stay settled.

Cream Pie

  • 1 cup whole cream
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 rounded Tbsp. flour
  • Dash of salt (important!)
  • A little vanilla

Heat cream and half & half to a slight scald. Do not boil!

Beat egg whites until frothy. Add white sugar and beat a bit more. Add brown sugar, flour, salt, and vanilla. Mix. Add cream mixture.

Mix and pour into a pastry-lined 9-inch pie pan.

Bake at 400 degrees on bottom shelf until set. (You may need to reduce the temperature because a boiled pie is ruined.)

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Excerpted from My Life as an Amish Wife by Lena Yoder

You can order the book now on the Harvest House website or from your favorite book retailer!

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