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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Get on the Buggy - Amish Friendship Bread - a book and recipe.

Out on April 5 - Friendship Bread by Darien Gee.

Lately, I've been hearing so much about Amish Friendship bread. It started a few weeks ago when Joyce from the Amazon Kindle Boards wrote that she had made an Amish Friendship Bread starter and that peaked my curiosity! Then, I stumbled upon a foodie fiction book: Friendship Bread - so, it seems it's quite popular these days! Here's a bit of legend about the bread, and an Amish Recipe Bread follows!

From WikiPedia:
Amish Friendship Bread is a type of bread or cake made from a sourdough starter that is often shared in a manner similar to a chain letter.The starter is a substitute for baking yeast and can be used to make many kinds of yeast-based breads, shared with friends, or frozen for future use. The sweet, cake-like Amish Cinnamon Bread is a common bread that is made from this starter; it is a simple, stirred quickbread that includes a substantial amount of sugar and vegetable oil, with a mild cinnamon flavor. It has characteristics of both pound cake and coffee cake. The flavor of the finished product can be altered by omitting cinnamon and replacing the required instant pudding mix with virtually any flavor.

This is from V Stickler from the Kindle Kitchen:

 Tip: Do not use metal bowls or metal utensils when working with recipe Amish friendship bread. Use ceramic or plastic bowls and wooden or plastic utensils.
Recipe Amish Friendship Bread Starter
1 pk yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup warm milk
Recipe Amish Friendship Bread Starter Food
This takes ten days before it is ready to use.
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
Day One: In a small bowl, soften yeast in water for 10 minutes. Stir well. In a 2- quart bowl, combine flour and sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will lump when the milk is added. Slowly stir in warm milk and softened yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand at room temperature until bubbly. Refrigerate.
Days 2,3, and 4: Stir.
Day 5: Prepare starter food. Blend flour and sugar in a small bowl; slowly mix in milk. Stir starter food into starter mixture. Refrigerate.
Day 6, 7, 8, and 9: Stir.
Day 10: Feed again.
Now you have four choices: You can: 1. Return the starter to the refrigerator, or
2. Remove some for baking, and return the rest to the refrigerator. (Continue the ten-day cycle, feeding as above). Or,
3. Measure out amounts of one cup to give to friends (along with directions for feeding), or
4. Freeze your starter. Allow three hours to thaw out before using.
Tip: Do not allow your recipe Amish friendship bread starter to drop below one cup. For more starter, feed it more often. For less starter, cut the food in half for one feeding.

Recipe Amish Friendship Bread
1 cup recipe Amish friendship bread starter, room temperature and bubbly
2/3 cup oil
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
Optional: Add raisins, grated carrots, nuts and dried fruit as desired.
Combine ingredients. Pour recipe Amish friendship bread batter into 2 greased loaf pans, 8 x 3 x 2 inches each. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until dry.
Enjoy your recipe Amish friendship bread.

These variations come from Trisha from The Kindle Kitchen:
The recipe I have for the starter is this:
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 cup sugar
2 cups warm water (110degrees)
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk

After doing all the days of it I have tried different flavors. For the variations I have done different kinds of pudding, especially chocolate if you want a chocolate bread.

lemon poppyseed friendship bread
2 cups flour 2 (3oz) packages lemon instant pudding mix
1 cup sugar 1 cup starter
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 cup poppy seeds 1/2 cup vegetable oil

In large mixing bowl blend flour, sugar, powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, poppy seeds and dry pudding mix together, make a well in center of bowl. In separate bowl mix together the starter, eggs, milk, applesauce, vanilla and oil, add to dry ingredients and blend until just combined. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for one hour, cool ten minutes and remove from pan.

Best Banana Friendship Bread
2 cups flour 1 cup starter
1 teaspoon salt 2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
1 cup butter 4 eggs, beaten
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9x5 inch loaf pans
Sift flour, salt and soda into large bowl.
In separate bowl, mix butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in starter, bananas, eggs and nuts until well blended.Pour wet ingredients into dry mixture and stir until blended, divide batter between two pans. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until knife comes out clean when inserted into center.

Apple Friendship Bread
2 cups flour 1 cup starter
1 cup sugar 3 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder 2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon vanilla
1-1/2teaspoons cinnamon 1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon salt 2 apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped

Sift together flour, sugar, powder, cinnamon, soda and salt, set aside. In large mixing bowl, stir together starter, eggs, oil and vanilla, gradually stir in the sifted ingredients, mixing just until blended. Stir in nuts and apples. Pour batter into two lightly greased 9x5 loaf pans. Bake at 350degrees for about 50 minutes.

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