A Farmer’s Daughter by Dawn Stoltzfus {Book Review}

A Farmer's Daughter: Recipes from a Mennonite KitchenA Farmer’s Daughter: Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen by Dawn Stoltzfus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I am not normally drawn to cookbooks. In fact I chose to review this because I figured I could use it for a gift when I was done. However, I’m not sure I’m going to let it go now! (If you get this as a gift from me…consider yourself very blessed. *giggle*)

I like this cookbook because it’s full of practical, homemade, every-day recipes. Page after page held another dish I wanted to make! The opening comments on each recipe and clear directions are another thing that I really appreciated about this cookbook. I felt like I was making a friend while cooking supper for my family. And so many of the recipes involved ingredients that I had on hand…THAT is a good cookbook!

In preparing for the review I made Oatmeal Wheat Dinner Rolls from page 69. Not only were they easy to make, but tasted good and were healthy, too! (Okay, so as healthy as bread can be!)  Here is the recipe:

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 Cup Salted Butter
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Yeast
  • 1 Tsp. Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Cup White Wheat Flour
  • 3 & 1/2 Cups Bread Flour
  • 1 Egg, beaten

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil.  Stir in oats.  Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1 minute.  Stir in brown sugar, butter, and salt.  Cool to lukewarm (I like to set it in the refrigerator to chill quickly).  In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 & 1/2 cups of flour and oatmeal mixture; add yeast mixture.  Add egg.  Beat well.  Add remaining flour to form soft dough.  the dough will be a little sticky.  (It can be a little difficult to work with sticky dough, but sticky dough yields moist rolls!)  Knead in mixer with dough hook for 5 minutes.  If you don’t have a mixer that can do this, turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.  Place into a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to oil all sides of the dough.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.  Shape into 24 rolls.  Place in 2 greased 9 x 13 baking pans.  Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350’F.  Sprinkle with additional oats if desired.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.  Turn out rolls onto wire racks to cool.  Brush melted butter on top of rolls, if desired.

This is a cookbook even busy moms are going to enjoy!   Be sure to visit Dawn’s site over at DawnStoltzfus.com!

“Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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This review is my own opinion, but the review copy was provided by Revell.

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