Bean and Bread Soup with Apple Pie
(Shared recipe submitted by Heather Hostetler.)
Heather writes: "My husband is a Dutchman (Pennsylvania Dutch) and he told me this recipe. His mother used to make it every Sunday. It is not an exact science, I don't know exact amounts. It all depends on how many you want to feed. I can make it better than I can describe it. It sounded disgusting at first, but he made it the first time so I tried it. It was very good. He showed me how, so now about once a month I make it for him. The kids love it because they are guaranteed their dessert."
- 1/2 pound dry great northern beans
- 4 to 6 cups milk (more or less as needed)
- Day old or stale bread
- Homemade (or store-bought) apple pie
Rinse, soak, and cook the beans as directed. Break the bread into chunks, and set aside to dry. When the beans are done, drain, and add about 4 to 6 cups of milk. It depends on how much bread you have. The bread should only be mushy, not soupy. Bring the milk and beans to a boil. Remove from heat. In large serving bowl place bread, pour milk and bean mixture over the entire surface. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes until the milk is mostly absorbed. Serve in large soup bowls with pie on one side of bowl, soup right next to it on the other.
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