Sunday, April 13, 2008
The Answer to What's in the Bag
The answer to what's in the bag is....................................
Amish Friendship Bread
Please note the following: Do not refrigerate
If air develops in the bag, let it out
The batter will rise and ferment
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 Add to the Bag 1 C of flour, 1 C of sugar and 1C of milk.
Mash the bag to mix.
Day 7 Mash the Bag
Day 8 Mash the Bag
Day 9 Mash the Bag
Day 10 Follow instructions below
Pour the entire contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl. Add
1/2 C sugar
1 1/2 C flour
1 1/2 C milk
Stir to mix. Then measure out four 1 C measures of the batter and
place in separate 1-gallon Ziplock bags. Keep a starter for yourself and give the other 3 bags to 3 friends along with a copy of this recipe.
Note: If you keep a starter, you will be baking every ten days. If you don't pass this on the first day, be sure to tell the person what day it is that she is receiving it.
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. To the remaining 1 cup of batter in the bowl add these items:
1 C oil
1 C sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 C flour
1 large box of vanilla or chocolate instant pudding
1 cup of raisins or crushed nuts
3. Grease and flour 2 large loaf pans.
4. Pour the batter evenly into the pans.
5. Mix 3 tsp. sugar with 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Sprinkle this over the
batter in loaf pans.
6. Bake for 1 hour. Cool until bread loosens evenly from the sides
of the pans. Turn out onto plate and serve warm, if possible.
Well, this is the recipe that I got 11 days ago from my good friend and neighbor, Dickie. I followed her directions for the ten days and baked the bread last night for dinner. While baking in the oven the kitchen filled up with the most amazing cinnamon sugar smell. Heavenly. The bread turned out well. It is more like a tea bread or coffee cake then a reguler bread. In fact, while looking up web searches on Amish Friendship Bread I came across Amish Friendship Cake. Same recipe.
If you would like to try to make this bread, here's what to do the night before day one rolls around. I can't hand you a starter bag thru the computer but I can tell you what to do that will work. Get a 1-gallon Ziplock bag and put into it these three ingredients:
1/3 C of flour
1/3 C of sugar
1/3 C of milk
Mash to mix and let this bag sit out overnight. The next day start
following the directions for the ten days.
And if you would like to learn more about Amish Friendship Bread here is a site to go to read up on it.
When you compare the recipe there with what I wrote you will see that I made only one change. I thought 1/2 cup of sugar for the topping was way to much for the bread is sweet enough. And I didn't use this sugar mixture to "flour" the loaf pans. I just grabbed my can of Crisco spray with flour and gave a spray coating to the loaf pans.
I also found it helpful to mark the dates on The Days to help me keep track.'For example, next to Day 1 I lightly penciled in April 3, You could also keep track by marking your calendar. I have my starter sitting on the counter so I am going to make the bread again. This time I will use the chocolate instant pudding. On the web I saw that you could also use butterscotch instant pudding. I bet pistachio instant pudding would work too.