Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Amish Friendship Bread

Ok- I will warn you ahead of time that this recipe takes 10 days to make but it is worth it in the end if you can be patient!!! So here goes:

Some points to remember:
1. Do not use any type of metal spoon or bowl for making this.
2. Do not refrigerate
3. If air gets in the bag let it out
4. It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment- yep I said normal.....

To make combine the following in a gallon ziplock bag:

1 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cups of whole milk- although I used 2% and it worked just fine

Seal up the bag and with a marker put Day 1 (and the date)also put what date day number 6 is so you can remember when you look at it! :)

Then you set it on your counter- pretty easy!

Day 1 Do Nothing
Day 2 Mash the bag
Day 3 Mash the bag
Day 4 Mash the bag
Day 5 Mash the bag
Day 6 Yea! You get to do something!!!! Add to the bag 1 C. Flour, 1 C. Sugar, 1 C. of Whole Milk (or 2% if you want) and then mash the bag to mix it up...
Day 7 Mash the bag
Day 8 Mash the bag
Day 9 Mash the bag
Day 10 Whew! You made it! :)
1. Pour the contents of the bag (and I warn you it probably won't smell great- but have faith it will turn out just fine!!) into a non metal bowl.
2. Add 1 1/2 cups of Flour, 1 1/2 cups of Sugar, 1 1/2 cups of Whole Milk (or 2%). Mix this all together.
3. Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each in to 4 ziplock gallon size bags. Keep a starter bag for yourself and give the other three starter bags to friends (along with a copy of the instructions). There will be batter in the bowl. See baking instructions below:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. To the batter add:
3 eggs
1 C. Sugar
2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 C. Flour
1 C. Oil
1/2 C whole milk or 2%
1 large box of instant pudding- your choice of flavor I used chocolate pudding mix and added 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips

3. Grease 2 large loaf pans Mix 1/2 sugar, and 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Dust the greased pans with 1/2 the mixture (like you would grease and flour a pan)

4. Pour the batter into the 2 prepared pans. Sprinkle the remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture over the top of the batter in the pans.

5. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean

6. Cool until the bread loosens evenly from the sides of the pan (approx. 10 minutes) Use a knife or a spatula to loosen the bread.

Something I have done is to keep one loaf out to eat and then freeze the other loaf for later.

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