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May 10, 2010

Amish Friendship Bread, Part 1

A friend gave me some Amish Friendship bread starter a week ago. (Thank you, Mindy.) I've been following the instructions each day and am looking forward to baking the two loaves when it's time.

I took this photo on Day 6, after I added 1 cup each of flour, of sugar, and of milk (raw goat milk, of course).

Here are the directions I was given:

Day 1 Do nothing this first day
Day 2 Mush the bag
Day 3 Mush the bag
Day 4 Mush the bag
Day 5 Mush the bag
Day 6 Add to the bag: 1 cup each of flour, sugar, milk
Day 7 Mush the bag
Day 8 Mush the bag
Day 9 Mush the bag
Day 10 This is the day you divide the batter and make the bread:
- Pour the entire contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl
- Add 1 1/2 cups each of flour, sugar and milk. Mix
- Put 1 cup each of the batter into 4 gallon size Ziploc bags. You can keep a starter for yourself and give the other 3 to frends along with a copy of this recipe. Write the date on the bag; this will be Day 1 for the next person who receives the starter.

Do not use any type of metal spoon or bowl for mixing
However, it's ok to bake the bread in metal pans.
Do not refrigerate
Let out any air that gets in the bag
It is normal for the bag to rise, bubble and ferment

PART TWO will include the recipe for baking the bread - but I can't tell you how to make the starter. The directions say that "only the Amish know how to create the starter." The rest of us have to get a starter from a friend. ~smile~

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