April 12, 2011

amish friendship bread

I'm on to trying out some dessert bread for my family.
After hearing about the novel Friendship Bread: A Novel 
and tradition of amish friendship bread, I gave it a whirl.
 I was sold on the amount of time and care that goes into the starter.
This bread is truly a labor of love!!!



Don't use metal containers or spoons because it will interfere with the fermentation process.

Day 1: Mix 1 cup, flour, sugar and milk in a container cover with a cloth, secure it and place in a warm area.
(I used a pickle jar and old scraps of fabric tided with twine)
Days 2-5: Stir with a wooden/plastic spoon.
recover with your cloth and secure it in a warm area
Day 6: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Stir with a wooden spoon. 
recover with your cloth and secure it in a warm area 
Days 7-9: Stir with a wooden/plastic spoon.
recover with your cloth and secure it in a warm area 
Day 10: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir. Take out 3 cups and place 1 cup each into three separate plastic containers. Give one cup and a copy of this recipe to three friends.

 This is my starter after 10 days
(see how the bubbles have formed. that's what you want)
(if you see mold, throw it out and start over!!!!)


Add ingredients to 1 cup of starter:
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Now pour ingredients in a buttered pan...

 This is the finished bread with powered sugar on top.

Of course I used a huge pan because we have a quiver full over here...lol
The powdered sugar is optional, the bread is sweet enough without it. 
This is a sweet bread made from the heart for your family and friends!!

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