Buttermilk Biscuit Muffins with Ginger Plum Jam and my final day in Ohio Amish Country at Murphin Ridge Inn

by Irvin on September 10, 2012 · 14 comments

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Buttermilk Biscuit Muffin with Ginger Plum Jam

A good buttermilk biscuit is a thing of beauty, light, flaky and buttery. Add a spoonful of homemade ginger plum jam and you’ve got a country breakfast on a plate. Of course, some people seem super scared of making biscuits, thinking they’ll make them hard, tough or misshapen. Thankfully there is an easy solutions to this dilemma – make biscuit muffins! The buttermilk biscuit muffin with ginger plum jam that you see above looks WAY fancier than it actually is, as they are crazy easy to make. The biscuit muffin is a little bit of genius inspired by a recipe from the Murphin Ridge Inn Cookbook, which I picked up when I was in Ohio Amish country last Spring, along with a number of other food bloggers. I had a chance to write about the other two inns I visited on that trip, the Inn at Honey Run and the Inn at Cedar Falls but somehow I never got to writing about the Murphin Ridge Inn, which is sad as it was probably my favorite one in the bunch.(Jump directly to the recipe.)

Murphy Ridge Inn in Ohio Amish Country

Murphy Ridge Inn in Ohio Amish Country

Murphy Ridge Inn in Ohio Amish Country

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While in Ohio Amish Country, before we headed to the Murphin Ridge Inn, we stopped to learn a bit about maple syrup. The tour of the maple trees of Ohio, along with the history of maple syrup and how it was discovered was fascinating. Most maple syrup is made from sugar maple trees (though other maple tress like red maple or black maple can also be used. The tree stores starches in their trunk and roots, and convert it to sugar, that is rise in the tree in the Spring. Tapping the tree allows the sap to be collected, which is needs to be boiled down to create maple syrup. Somewhere between 20 to 50 liters of sap is needed to boil down to make just 1 liter of maple syrup!

Maple Tour in Amish Country Ohio

Maple Tour in Amish Country Ohio

Maple Tour in Amish Country Ohio

Maple Tour in Amish Country Ohio

Maple Tour in Amish Country Ohio

Maple Tour in Amish Country Ohio

Maple Tour in Amish Country Ohio

After the maple syrup tour, we did a quick hike around Ohio country, in Hocking Hills State Park, to Old Man’s Cave. The hike in the brisk country air was bracing (in a good way) and I stopped often to marvel at the rock formations and picturesque pools and waterfalls that we would come across. I never would have guessed that Ohio had great places to hike (and apparently there’s great rock climbing and rappelling as well around there).

Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio

Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio

Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio

Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio

Of course, when we finally got to Murphin Ridge Inn, owners Sherry and Darryl made us feel incredibly warm and welcome after a day of hiking in the country. Their simple lunch of soup and salad (with a signature Murphin Ridge biscuit) was exactly what we all needed after running around outside.

Murphy Ridge Inn in Ohio Amish Country

Murphy Ridge Inn in Ohio Amish Country

Murphy Ridge Inn in Ohio Amish Country

Murphy Ridge Inn in Ohio Amish Country

We didn’t have much time to hang out at Murphin Ridge Inn, as we soon found ourselves whisked off after lunch to a working Amish farm, where we learned a little bit about how the Amish milk their cows (they used gas generators to power their equipment!) and even a sneak peak into their kitchen, which was the heart of their home for the family of ten. The family was incredibly welcoming to us, offering us homemade mozzarella, bread and a sweet rolled bread that was just out of the oven.

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Calf and Cow at the Amish Farm in Ohio

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Fresh Baked Bread from the Amish Farm In Ohio

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Amish wood fired stove and Rocking Bench in Ohio

Driving around the country, I was insistent that we stop at an antique shop and the one we ended up stopping at (there were tons) was outrageous. From the dozen or so peacocks strutting around the grounds, to the two large warehouses full of treasures and random knick knacks. Ohio Amish country had some incredible treasures, all waiting to be discovered. If only I had space for some of the finds there!

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Back at Murphin Ridge Inn, the food writers and bloggers all gathered up for dinner, which was a fantastic five-course meal which included a scrambled egg custard with crunchy fried pork jowl, celery root and pear soup with spiced granola, rosemary carpaccio with arugula and slow braised chicken with spring vegetables all made from farm-fresh food. Chef Brad impressed all of us jaded food bloggers with his cuisine, while the servers entertained us to no end. Even though I’m used to eating “localvore” style in San Francisco, there’s something super awesome when your server owns the cow that the cream came from in your dinner. Now that’s local!

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Once dinner was over, we gathered outside, grabbed some logs from the pile of wood, and huddled around the fire pit, talking about how awesome our trip had been before retiring to our comfy cozy rooms. Every inn we visited, all the food, all the people made us realize how vibrant the Ohio Amish Country is. None of us wanted to say goodbye.

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Murphy Ridge Inn in Ohio Amish Country

We woke up early for breakfast, coming down in our robes, to eat one last meal together and to get one last picture together. Saying goodbye was hard, both to each other, to Murphin Ridge Inn, and to Ohio Amish country. I can only hope that some day I’ll have the chance to come back and visit.

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We'll always have Ohio

Special thanks goes to The Inn at Honey RunThe Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls and Murphin Ridge Inn for hosting me for this trip to Ohio Amish Country. All travel, accommodations, meals and tours were provided by the hosts. That said, I was not compensated otherwise for what I wrote above and everything I have written is my own opinion. 

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Eileen September 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Buttermilk biscuits! OM NOM NOM. This post is definitely making me miss the rural midwest. Maple syrup for the win! :)

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Brian @ A Thought For Food September 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I love it! What a great recap. Oh… and thanks for posting that picture. I’ll never forgive you for that one ;-)

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Trish September 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm

What a great place to visit! It looks seriously awesome for a late summer/early fall little getaway. What’s with the peacocks running around??? ha!
Trish

http://www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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kelly @ kellybakes September 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Maple sugar *in* the biscuits? oh that sounds heavenly! I recently made a honey-mascarpone panna cotta with ginger plum sauce and could have easily eaten the sauce entirely by itself. I love the flavor combo. Saving these guys for a day when I can curl up under a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book :)

p.s. Gorgeous photos! (as always) I’ve lived an hour away from Lancaster County, PA for 3 years and have yet to make a trip. I think I may start planning a trip in October when the leaves turn brilliant and the farm stands are laden with apples and cider donuts… :)

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Karista @Karista's Kitchen September 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Fantastic post! The pictures are gorgeous and food delectable. I especially love the Ginger Plum Jam :)

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swati September 11, 2012 at 3:51 am

wow! do those photo’s talk! they are simply super and so is the recipe. I’m glad i came across this site. Bookmarking it!

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Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman September 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I would be in heaven there! Great photos and looks like a fantastic place to visit!

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A Brown Table September 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I lived in Ohio for fiver years but never visited an Amish farm, your photographs make me regret this. However, that jam recipe you shared will make me happy for now!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Always loved reading about your adventures. Wish I could get my hands on some of the weathered doors from the antique store!

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Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet September 12, 2012 at 8:47 am

I’ve decided. I want to be Amish, sit on a porch rocking chair and have a peacock…all whilst eating buttermilk biscuits and plum jam. What a great post Irvin. Such a fun experience…and so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

xo
Heather

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Jiri Brambory September 14, 2012 at 2:35 am

Really good one. I love Plum Jam and in my country we use it for filling to donuts. Its almost national food.

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Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet September 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

Beautiful photos!! Sounds like such a fun trip!

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merri October 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Those biscuits and jam look SO GOOD! Love the photos you took of the Ohio Amish country! That maple syrup part reminded me of living in VT and NH. Looks like an awesome trip!

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Heather inSF October 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Thanks for alerting me to this post, the muffins look amazing! Happily I have some plum conserve made by a dear friend so I think I shall be making biscuit muffins quite soon!

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