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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Amish Friendship Bread

You are the lucky recipient of a starter mix of Friendship bread. Here's what to do next. This is day 1.

Tips
  • Do not use any type of metal spoon or bowl for mixing.
  • Do not refrigerate.
  • When air get in the bag, let it out. It is normal for the batter to bubble and ferment.

Preparation
Day 1: Nothing. Stare at the bag. Imagine delicious bread in 10 days.
Day 2: Mush the bag.
Day 3: Mush the bag.
Day 4: Mush the bag, again.
Day 5: Mush the bag.
Day 6: Add to the bag: 1 cup plain flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Mush the bag.
Day 7: Mush the bag. Isn't this fun?
Day 8: Mush the bag. Almost there.
Day 9: Mush the bag.
Day 10: Pour the entire contents of the bag into a large mixing bowl. Add 1 1/2 Cup flour, 1 1/2 Cup sugar, 1 1/3 Cup milk. Mix together. Measure out four separate batters of 1 Cup each into four individual gallon sized zip-top bags. Mark the bags with the date of Day 1 and make copies of the recipe to share.

Baking Instructions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
To the remaining batter in the bowl add:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Cup oil (or 1/2 Cup oil and 1/2 Cup sour cream or applesauce)
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 small box instant pudding
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 Cups plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Grease two large loaf pans. Mix an additional 1/4 Cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and dust the bottoms and sides of the greased pans with half of this mixture. Pour the batter evenly into the two pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture on top. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on wire racks until bread loosens from the pans.

If you keep a batch for yourself you will be baking every 10 days. Only the Amish know how to make the starter; so, if you give all of yours away you will have to wait until someone gives you some starter back!

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