Pass it on: Amish Friendship Bread – Recipe

Sometime last year a friend gave me a bag of what looked like white-goo. I was happy to find out,  it wasn’t goo. In fact, it was Amish Friendship bread. If you’ve never received Amish Friendship bread, let me tell you, it works like a chain letter.  Basically, you receive a bag of raw ingredients in a bag. The idea is that you follow the instructions for the next 10 days, and in the end, you have bread and can continue making bread every 10 days. In addition,  you are instructed to pass it along to friends, who will then pass it along and so on. And that is why it is called Friendship Bread. Not sure if it’s really of Amish origin. But the simplicity of the bread and the patience required to make it, probably reflects the Amish lifestyle of simple living.

Friendship Bread | Suburban Mamas

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Me? I love bread. And who doesn’t love passing something along in the name of friendship?  So for the next ten days, I mushed the bag and added ingredients, religiously, as instructed.

When the 10th day came and it was time to bake the bread, I was rewarded with a sweet sourdough bread. It was delicious, perfect with coffee and tea. I made 4 other bags per the instructions. Unfortunately, I made a mistake with the measurements so that I had another good loaf on day 10 for myself but the ones to give away were messed up. So my chain ended there.

The image above was taken from Pinterest and the pin is from Susie QT’s blog, which had this Starter Recipe:

FRIENDSHIP BREAD STARTER from Susie QT at cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com

This is the Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe.  Use this if you don’t have a starter. Once you mix it that is consider Day 1, which is what you get when someone gives you the starter.  ONLY use plastic or wooden utensils and only glass or plastic containers.  Ziploc bags are great to use.  Do NOT use metal. The metal will react to your starter and discolor it.

Ingredients:
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110°F)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup milk

Directions:
1. Use a measuring to dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well. After 5 minutes if you are not getting a lot of reaction, sprinkle in 1 tsp sugar.  This will do the trick!

2. Use a medium glass or plastic bowl to combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or your milk will cause it to get lumpy.

3. Slowly stir in milk and  then the yeast mixture. Loosely cover the mixture with a lid or plastic wrap.  You can dump it all in a ziploc bag at this time, too.  This is Day 1 of the starter cycle, or the day you receive the starter.

To find out the daily schedule to follow for the next 10 days, please visit Susie QT’s blog.

 

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