Saturday, November 22, 2014

Amish Friendship Bread

Paige was begging for some Friendship Bread so we found a recipe for starter and began the process.  Then she convinced her Young Women leaders to bake the bread for a Beehive activity.  She used her starter (that was actually only nine days into the process) and then came home with one loaf of bread to bake and a "new" batch of starter to go forward.  Today she tried a new recipe with her starter, Snickerdoodles.  Here is what we did.  Bryn really loved the snickerdoodles Paige made today.

Do not use a metal spoon or metal bowl for mixing at any time.  Do not refrigerate.  When air forms in the bag, let it out and reseal.

    1 package yeast
    1/4 cup warm water
    1 cup flour
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup milk
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and let it stand for 10 minutes.  In a separate bowl whisk together the flour and sugar.  Mix the yeast mixture, dry ingredients, and milk together.  Consider this day one.

Day 1 This is the day you received the starter.  Do nothing.
Day 2 Mush the bag
Day 3 Mush the bag
Day 4 Mush the bag
Day 5 Mush the bag
Day 6 Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk.  Mix well by squeezing the bag.
Day 7 Mush the bag
Day 8 Mush the bag
Day 9 Mush the bag
Day 10 Combine in a large bowl the batter from the bag, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk.  Stir and pour four 1 cup starters into ziploc bags.  Keep one and give the others away.

To the remaining batter add and mix well:
1 cup oil         2 cups flour
1 cup sugar 2 tsp cinnamon
½ cup milk ½ tsp baking soda
3 eggs ½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla 1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 large box vanilla pudding

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease and generously sugar (1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon) two large loaf pans or one large bundt pan.  Pour batter into pans and sprinkle on top with the remaining sugar mixture.  Bake one hour.  Let stand 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

Optional: add 1 cup chopped nuts and/or raisins, chocolate chips, coconut, etc.

Here is where we found the snickerdoodle recipe (Paige just used some of our premade cinnamon sugar to roll the cookies in so we didn't follow that part of the recipe).  They have some other recipes we want to try with our next batch in another 10 days.