Sunday, March 20, 2011

Amish Friendship Bread

I was introduced to this fantastic recipe by my coworker who I share an office with.  You begin with the "starter" in a plastic bag that you squish and add to for 10 days.  On the 10th day, you bake the loaves of yummy bread after setting aside 4 "starters" to pass on to others.  This is such a fun concept and it makes yummy bread!  Make sure to not use anything metal when mixing the starter or the actual bread.

1 pkg active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1/4 C warm water
3 C flour
3 C sugar
3 C milk

Dissolve the yeast in the water and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Combine the flour and sugar in a small bowl.
Slowly stir in the milk and the yeast mixture.
Pour the mixture into a gallon sized Ziploc bag and close while letting all of the air out of the bag.
This is considered day 1 out of 10 for the bread making process.
Each day, squish and mix the bag.  Let out any excess air that forms in the bag.  It is normal for the mixture to bubble and ferment.  Do not place it in the fridge.
On day 6, add 1 C sugar, 1 C flour, and 1 C milk to the bag.  Mix and mash together and reseal the bag.
On day 10, follow the directions found on the website link below to share and bake your bread!

At this website, you can find the page to print off to finish the process and send off with the starters you share with friends.

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