This bread (although it is more of a loaf) takes 10 days to make. For several days, I mashed the bag of stuff, letting out air that is created while the mixture ferments. On day 5, I added flour, milk and sugar to the mixture. On day 10, I made the bread. Here's the recipe I was given by Sarah (I copied this verbatim although I have no one to reference).
AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD:
If the bag is inflated with air, carefully let it out. It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment.
- Day 1: Do nothing
- Day 2: Mash the bag
- Day 3: Mash the bag
- Day 4: Mash the bag
- Day 5: Add to the bag
- 1 cup of milk
- 1cup of sugar
- 1 cup of flour
- Day 6: Mash the bag
- Day 7: Mash the bag
- Day 8: Mash the bag
- Day 9: Mash the bag
- Day 10: Follow these instructions:
- Pour the entire mixture into a non-metal bowl
- Add 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1 1/2 cups milk
- Measure 4 separate batters(1 cup each) into large Ziploc bags (3.78 L size). Keep a started bag for yourself and give the remaining 3 bags to friends along with the recipe. Note: if you keep a starter bag, you will be baking bread every 10 days. The bread is good and makes a great gift. Only the Amish know how to make a "starter" kit so if you give them all away you will have to wait for someone to give one back to you. If you do not pass a bag along on Day 1 be sure to tell your friend what day it is on when you present it to them.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- To the remaining batter in the bowl, add:
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup of oil
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding
- Optional: 1 cup of raisins or chopped nuts
- Grease 2 large loaf pans (can be metal)
- Pour the batter into the pans. Batter will rise when cooking, do not fill past 3/4 full.
- In a separate bowl mix 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the batter
- Bake for 1 hour and let cook until it loosens from the side of the pan (about 10 minutes
It was a neat little experiment. I have some people in mind to pass this onto over the holiday season.