Friday, April 17, 2015

Amish Country Ohio Bed and Breakfast Gluten-Free Bread

Here at the Ohio Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, we frequently cook for a variety of dietary restrictions and allergies. One of the most common requests is for gluten-free dishes. Using the flour and recipe from Dolch Bakery, we serve a moist and delicious gluten-free bread to all of our guests who request it.

Find here the recipe, which is also printed on the back of the package

Dolch Bakery Pour and Bake Bread

1 2/3 cups warm milk
1 whole egg, plus enough egg whites to make 3/4 cup of eggs total
1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
1 Tbsp Honey
3/4 tsp sea salt (we use a little bit more)
1 packet of yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1 tsp cider vinegar
4 cups sifted gluten-free flour

Place flour in large bowl or heavy-duty tabletop mixer. Add yeast to warm milk in separate bowl, let foam for 5 minutes. Add eggs, melted butter or oil, vinegar, honey, salt and yeast mixture to flour. Mix with regular beaters (not dough hook) at medium speed for 3 minutes, scraping sides of bowl with spatula as necessary. Place dough in greased 9 x 5 inch nonstick bread pan. Smooth top of dough with wet spatula. Cover with oiled aluminum foil or plastic wrap and let rise in warm place until dough is level with top of pan (approximately 25-35 minutes). Remove cover and bake at 375 degrees for 60-65 minutes. Cover with foil after 10 minutes to prevent over-browning. To test whether the bread is done, tap the top with your fingernail. A crisp, hard sound indicated a properly baked loaf. Turn loaf out on to wire rack and cool thoroughly before slicing.

We, here at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast sell Dolch flour.

Gluten-free Bread
 For more information, recipes, and to order the gluten-free flour directly from the bakery, visit

Holmes County Ohio
When visiting Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County, Ohio, consider a stay at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast located in the largest Amish population in the world.  Here natural beauty of the culture have created a destination where the notion of doing things, creating things, feeling real life with hands - and hearts - is very much alive.  Come and experience the authentic.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
April 17, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ohio Amish Country Businesses Open on Good Friday 2015

Although many of the Amish and Mennonite businesses in Ohio's Amish Country will be closed on Good Friday, expect most of the shops along the Main street in Berlin and Millersburg, Ohio to be open, but may close at earlier hours then usual. Find a list below of businesses and restaurants that will be open on Friday, April 3, 2015 along with hours.

Camelot room is available for Friday. Farmhouse for Friday & Saturday.

Businesses Open on Good Friday;

Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center (Behalt) - Hours: 9 am. - 3 pm.
Coblentz Chocolate Co. - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm.
David Warther Carvings & Gift Shop - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm.
Guggisberg Cheese Inc. - Hours: 8 am. - 5 pm. 
Heini's Cheese - Hours: 8 am. - 6 pm. 
Holmes County Flea Market - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm.
Lehman's Hardware - Hours: 9 am. - 6 pm.
Sol's - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm.
Troyer's Country Market - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm. 
Walnut Creek Cheese - Hours: 8 am. - 4 pm. 
Wendell August Forge - Hours: 9 am. - 6 pm. 


Bags Sports Pub - Hours: 11 am. - 10 pm.
Chalet in the Valley - Hours: 11 am. - 8 pm.
Der Dutchman Restaurant - Hours: 7 am. - 11 am. (Breakfast only)
Farmstead Restaurant - Hours: 7 am. - 8 pm.
Hotel Millersburg - Hours: 11 am. - 10 pm.
Jitters Coffee House - Hours: 7 am. - 10 pm.
Rebecca's Bistro - Hours: 8 am. - 3 pm. 
Tarragon Restaurant (Finer Dining) - Hours: Breakfast: 8 am. - 11 am. Lunch: 12 pm. - 3 pm. Dinner: 5 pm. - 9 pm. (Reservations required) 

The Millersburg, Ohio,  Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast still has availability for the weekend: Friday-Sunday, April 3-5, 2015. Enjoy a full country breakfast served each morning. Click here to make a reservation or call (330)-674-7600.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Schlabach
April 2, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Make Easter Nest Cupcakes

Easter in Ohio Amish Country, is simply the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. The Amish hold Good Friday as a holy fasting day.  Easter is celebrated; however, not ostentatiously, but may include coloring eggs,  Easter egg hunts. and a special meal.  Here at the Berlin area, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I have created delightful Easter egg, nest cupcakes.  Make these easy cupcakes and place them at each guest place setting for a special Easter treat.

Easter Egg Nest Cupcakes
Supplies need are:
Wilton Gum Paste mix
Wilton Nature's Design flexible fondant & gum paste mold
Jelly beans (speckled, pastel colored)
Shredded coconut
Chocolate to melt
Wilton jell food colors - green and brown

In advance create mini chocolate nests.  I made nests using dark chocolate and nests made of white chocolate.  For this application, I prefer the milk or dark chocolate. Melt a small bowl of chocolate and pour in enough cereal and stir to coat.  I used a round tablespoon for the mold. Simply place a small piece of tin foil into  the measuring spoon and place a rounded teaspoon full of chocolate-coated cereal into the foil, making an indentation.  This is a simple "No fuss" step.  Don't be too fussy when forming the nests.  Lift the foil from the measuring spoon and set aside to set.  IMPORTANT - When heating your chocolate, be careful to heat to the correct temperature to temper.  See tempering chocolate instructions.

Make Chocolate Bird Nests
Once your nests have cooled, you can simply pull the foil away from the nests.

Take about 1 cup of gum paste mix and mix in enough water to make a stiff, yet pliable modeling dough. Keep the gum paste in a plastic bag to avoid drying out.  Divide gum paste material into thirds.  Keep 1/3 white. Using gel food color, tint 1/3 green and other 1/3 brown.  Using the Wilton Nature's Design mold, with white gum paste, create tiny white blossoms; with green gum past, create green leaves; with brown create branches. Set them aside.  They will dry within several minutes.

You can purchase the Wilton mold and Gum paste at Walmart. Make gum paste glue to adhere leaves and flower to branches. For glue put a little gum paste powder in a small bowl and add enough water to make to a glue consistency.

Delight yourself and your friends with this Easter creation.

The Berlin, Ohio area Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a Select Registry property offering fine accommodations, located in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country. This is the largest community of Amish anywhere in the world where our products and services are heartfelt and handmade. Visit our website or drop by if your in the area, we would love to show you our fine Inn.

Submitted by: Loretta Coblentz
March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Holmes County Ohio Events March & April 2015

After a long and cold winter spring is finally just around the corner in Holmes County Ohio. If you are tired of being cooped up all winter come stay with us at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast and take in all the sights and activities that Holmes County has to offer. Listed below is a schedule for upcoming events that you may want to consider when planning your trip to Amish Country.

Choose our "Love is Timeless" package of wine and roses along with a night's stay

Friday, March 27

Ryan & Friends - Comedian and Ventriloquist  at the Amish Country Theater in Walnut Creek with special guest Taylor University Chorale. For more information Click Here.

Dinner at the Doctor's House - Join us for a step back in time to the 1800s. Come with us to The Doctor's House 334 N. Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, Ohio. Enjoy the hospitality of Roscoe's leading citizens as you have the pleasure of dining in Dr. Johnson's home. During your visit
you may learn about dining etiquette or cooking practices of the 1800s along with humorous tales of the canal. Your meal will consist of 1 appetizer, 1 salad or soup, 1 entrée, 2 side dishes, 1 dessert, beverage, bread and rolls with Butter or olive oil & herbs for dipping. Dinner will be pre-ordered for your guests. All members will be served the same meal of your choosing. A generous menu is offered in addition to a historical menu. Cost of this unique experience is $45.00 per person. Minimum group of 4 ~ maximum group of 8. For more information call ( 740-622-7644) ext. 20.

Saturday, April 11

Easter Adventure - Easter eggs will be dropped from a Helicopter at The Farm at Walnut Creek. Call (330-893-4200) for more information.

Gospel in The Barn -  John Schmid & Mercy River will be performing at The Amish Country Theater at 7:00 pm. Click Here for tickets and more information.

Saturday, April 25

Berlin Barnstorming - Everyone loves a scavenger hunt, but in Berlin its a hunt for barns. Join the fun as participants race around town to find small wooden barns hidden in participating shops. Sign up for prizes including a grand prize.

Comedy Calamity - Join internationally-acclaimed Ventriloquist Ken Groves, and stand-up comedian Lynyrd, for a night you’ll never forget at The Amish Country Theater! Click here for tickets.

Be sure to visit our calendar for more upcoming events in the area.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Schlabach
March 24, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

2015 Amish Country Entertainment

Along with the shopping, dining, rich cultural experiences and other events, Ohio's Amish Country is also host to three wonderful entertainment venues: The Ohio Light Opera, the Live Theater at Carlisle Inn, and The Amish Country Theater.The Innkeepers and staff of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast encourage visitors to make one (or all) of these shows a part of your time spent here.

Entering its 37th performance season, the Ohio Light Opera seeks to explore and perform the best tradtional operetta and musical theater titles the industry has to offer. For its 2015 season, beginning June 13, The Light Opera will feature Brigadoon, Can Can, One Touch of Venus, Oh, Kay!, Friederike, Ruddigore, and Yeomen of the Guard. Single ticket prices range from $48-$52 for adults, $20 for students ages 16-23, and $10 for children 15 and under. Multiple-show subscriptions are also available. Click here for a full schedule of the showtimes and more information about each.

The 2015 performance season at the Live Theater at the Carlisle Inn will play host to another season of Half-Stitched beginning June 2 through August 15, and invite a new musical to the stage, Josiah for President, beginning August 21 until December 19.  Half-Stitched  tells the story of an Amish widow who decides to teach a quilting class that is open to the public. She never expects a Marine,  a biker, a dysfunctional couple and severl other quirky characters to sign up. This show is a clash of personalities and cultures that will leave you laughing and crying the whole time. Josiah for President follows a former Congressman who is determined to make Josiah, an Amish farmer from Pennsylvania, the next President of the United States. Josiah's hard-working, common sense attitude about life lands him as a write-in candidate for the Presidency, but can he tussle with the career politicians in an unfamiliar world? More information and tickets are available here.

The Amish Country Theater is a family-friendly comedy variety show in Walnut Creek, Ohio. During their regular season (which begins on May 14 and runs through November 7), the theater features everything sketch comedy, including a pair of Amish brothers covering modern pop songs, "The Real Housewives of Amish Country," a professional ventriloquist, and many others. During its off season until May, the Theater is host to several special individual and group performers, such as Bluegrass and other Gospel singers.Visit their website here for ticket and show information.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Orange Hazelnut Biscotti Gift Package and Recipe

To mark the special day, Valentine's Day guests of the Amish Country Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast received a three-flavor variety biscotti gift package.  We enjoyed making five different flavors of biscotti, sometimes also called mandelbrot. Here is the recipe for one variety I made, Orange Hazelnut Biscotti.

Orange Hazelnut Biscotti

Orange Hazelnut Biscotti
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
Orange Chocolate Bar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons orange zest
2 large eggs
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts or walnuts

Chocolate for drizzling or dipping biscotti
1 (use 4 squares) Lindt Intense Orange Excellence Bar
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1.) Preheat oven to 350℉. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or grease lightly with vegetable oil. 

2.) Sift flour, baking powder, soda, and the salt together into a bowl. 

3.) With an electric mixer; cream the butter, oil, sugar, vanilla, and orange zest together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy (1-1 1/2 minutes), stopping the mixer twice during the process to scrape the bowl with a spatula.

4.) On medium speed add the eggs one at a time, mixing until each egg is partially incorporated (5 seconds). Scrape the bowl after each addition.

5.) With the spatula, mix in half the flour mixture by hand, then with the electric mixer on low speed blend for several seconds. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix on low speed until smooth. Add the walnuts or hazelnuts. 

6.) Turn the dough out onto a work surface and divide in half. With one of the portions form a strip about 3 inches wide and 11 inches long and place it on one of the baking sheets. With the other portion form another strip and place on the second baking sheet. 

7.) Bake the dough until lightly golden and firm to the touch (20-25 minutes). 

8.) Remove the baking sheets and lower the oven temperature to 275 ℉. Allow the strips to cool for about 10 minutes and then with a serrated knife, cut each strip into 1/2 inch thick slices. Arrange the the slices standing up a 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheets. Bake until crisp (20 minutes). Then turn the oven off and leave the cookies in for 15 more minutes. Do not overbake.  They will harden as they cool.

9.) Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets.
Biscotti and Chocolate

10.) Place Lindt chocolate and semi sweet chocolate chips in double boiler to melt. Be careful to not get any water into the chocolate.  I have a gas oven, which is ideal to use for melting chocolate.  The pilot keeps the oven just warm enough to melt the chocolate. If you use the warmth of a gas oven, do not turn the oven on; simply place your oven-safe bowl in for about 1/2 hour, and it will be perfect for melting.  If you chocolate is too thick, simply add a little vegetable oil to thin.

11.)  Dip the end of the biscotti into the chocolate, place on a wire rack, and garnish with sprinkles or chopped nuts if desired.  Allow chocolate to harden.

12.) Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature or in freezer for up to two weeks.

Another variety I made was Ghirardelli's Chocolate Nut Biscott.  Follow this link for the recipe.

Biscotti are easy to make but look hard.  Make them, and your friends will think you are brilliant.  Of course you are.  Go for it.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County. This is a region where charming villages hug winding roads, where farmers plow with teams of horses, and where shops are bimming with wares and hand-crafted goods reflective of the Amish culture.  Do make your way to Amish Country, stop by, and we will be happy to show you our inn.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 20, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Ausbund Amish Songbook and Hymnals

The Ausbund, the songbook of the Amish religion, is the oldest Anabaptist songbook dating from the Reformation period, and is one of the oldest hymnals in continuous use today.  The Ausbund, a collection of ballads of faith and persecution of early Swiss Brethern, containing lyrics only; no music.  The lyrics are sung in a type of Gregorian chant.  The Amish use no instrumental accompaniment.  Hymns are monophonic, sung with drawn-out tones; often each syllable extended over 6-8 notes. Tunes are passed from generation to generation.  The men who lead the songs occasionally meet during the week to practice the songs they will lead in church.  The songs are written in high German and the Amish communicate in low German.  Without interpretation, today’s Amish have only a limited understanding of what they are singing.  Here is a link to an Amish wedding song.  Notice that an English translation is given.  

Ausbund at Amish and Mennonite Historic Center
The Ausbund originated in Germany and was birthed out of persecution.   In 1535 fifty three Anabaptists were imprisoned  for five years in the dungeon beneath the Oberhaus Castle at the Passau Three River Junction in Germany. 

Oberhaus Castle, Passau, Germany
The Anabaptist movement began with Zwingli over 100 years prior to the existence of the Amish.  The Anabaptists referenced here had their beginnings as a separate religious body in Zurich, Switzerland as a radical wing of Zwinglianism.  In the year 1518, Zwingli preached against tithes and opposed military service.   Mennonites are those who followed, and to this day, follow the teachings of Menno Simons, an early reformer who in January of 1536 laid down his priestly office, renounced the Catholic church to choose a life of uncertainty and persecution.  The Amish are followers of a young, strong-willed Jacob Amman who demanded rigid observance of disciplines – especially to the enforcement of the Meidung and excommunication.  In 1693 he, along with a few converts, set out on a tour through various Swiss congregations to solicit followers . The Anabaptists who were held in the Oberhaus Castle were early believers who rejected infant baptism, but rather embraced adult/believer’s baptism.  The Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites are direct descendents of these Anabaptists.

Collection of Ausbunds
The first Ausbund was printed in 1564, and did not include the date and publisher’s name for fear of persecution.  It was not until the European edition of 1809 that the publisher’s name and printing date were included.  Today’s  Ausbund is a compilation of several collections.  The original Ausbund was comprised of fifty one songs written by the imprisioned Anabaptists at Oberhaus.  An additional eighty hyms were added and published in the 1583 edition.  Later, additional songs were added; 137 in Europe, and 140 in America.

Amish Garb on Display
 Behalt, the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center houses a vast private collection of Ausbunds collected by Berlin, Ohio, historian, Leroy Beachy. 
Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, Millersburg

 Plan a visit to Holmes County and a stay with us here at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We serve a full country breakfast and share cultural information at breakfast time.

Submitted by: Loretta Coblentz
January 30, 2015