Sunday, 16 December 2012

Amish Friendship Bread

A relative of Adam's gave me a bag of goo and a recipe for friendship bread. I was intrigued. I heard about friendship bread but I hadn't been given a starter kit before. Folks say sharing bread mixture ingredients is an Amish tradition, although some of the ingredients are not exactly Amish. You'll see.

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).

 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.

     Merry Christmas!!

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