Sunday, June 8, 2008

Amish Friendship Bread

I received on recently and wanted to give everyone a heads up of what could be in their future. Let me know if you're interested.

Amish Friendship Bread

Please note the following:
DO NOT REFRIGERATE: (You need instant pudding on day 10)
If air gets inside the bag, let it out. It is normal for the batter to 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 the following
1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk: then mash the bag
Day 7: Mash the bag
Day 8: Mash the bag
Day 9: Mash the bag
Day 10: Follow direction below
Pour the entire contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl.

Add 1½ cups sugar
1½ cups flour
1½ cups milk.

Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each into 4 gallon Ziploc bags. Keep a starter for yourself and give the other 3 to friends along with a copy of the recipe.
(Note: if you keep a starter bag you will be baking every 10 days).
Should this recipe not be passed on to a friend on the first day, be sure to mark the bag when it was started.

Baking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
To the remaining batter in the bowl, add
3 eggs ½ tsp baking soda
1 cup oil 2 tsp baking powder
½ cup sugar 2 cups flour
½ tsp vanilla 1 box vanilla or chocolate instant pudding
½ tsp salt 1 cup raisins and or chopped nuts (optional)

Grease 2 large loaf pans. In a separate bowl mix an additional ½ cup sugar and ½ tsp cinnamon. Dust the greased pans with half of this mixture
Pour the batter evenly into the 2 pans. Sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the top.
Bake for 1 hour. Cool until bread loosens evenly from the sides of the pan. Turn onto a plate.

I think I remember cherries in Mum's when I was a kid.

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