Friday, October 25, 2013

Amish Friendship Bread

My fantastic across the street neighbor Alesha (where all of my produce comes from) gave me a Amish bread starter and recipe. Today is day 10 and I am baking my own loaves after dividing the starter, printing off three copies of the recipe, and baking my own loaves. Periodically check on your starter bag each day to avoid explosions!
I am baking my bread right now and the house smells amazing! I recommend you use a large Ziploc bag. Just copy and paste the recipe to share with your friends.
starter in the bag

Here it is.

Amish Friendship Bread

Do not use any type of metal spoon for mixing
Do not refrigerate
If air gets in bag, let it out!
The batter will rise bubble and ferment (this is normal)

Day 1  Do nothing
Day 2 Mush the bag
Day 3 Mush the bag
Day 4 Mush the bag
batter mixed together
Day 5 Mush the bag
Day 6 Add to bag: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk, and then mush the bag
Day 7 Mush the bag
Day 8 Mush the bag
Day 9 Mush the bag
Day 10 Follow the directions below:

1) Pour the entire contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl
2) Add 1 1/2 c. flour,  1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 cup milk
3) Separate the batter into one cup portions and put in a Ziploc bag. Keep a starter for yourself and give the other three to friends along with a copy of this recipe.  Should this not be passed on to a friend on the first day, be sure to tell them which day the bag is on when it is given to them. It is helpful to mark the bag.
disposable loaf pans
4) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5) To the remaining batter add the following:
3 eggs
1/2 c, milk
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
l large box of instant vanilla pudding (optional)
1 cup oil or (1/2 c. oil and 1/2 cup applesauce)
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. starter

Grease two large or three medium loaf pans and mix additional 1/2c. sugar and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Dust the greased pans with half of the cinnamon sugar.
Pour the batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the top.
Bake one hour and cool until the bread loosens.

If you keep a starter for yourself you will bake every 10 days. The bread is very good and makes great gifts. Only the Amish know how to create the starter. So if you give them away, you will have to wait until someone gives one back to you. Enjoy!

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