Amish friendship bread

One of my “things” at the moment is wanting to get to know my neighbourhood and build that community feel for my family. Whilst we have lived here for a couple of years now we haven’t really taken the time to get to know the town, its history, its people, the local plants, animal, insects etc etc. Now I am spending time in the town with Charlie’s pre-school it has made me realise that i want to “belong” here. So that was my mission…….one that I hadn’t done anything about until my friend Running Stitch handed me a amish friendship bread starter kit. I looked it up online and whilst some people are calling it the “kitchen chain letter” and apparately are feeling the pressure of having to watch a bag of batter for 10 days before they can cook it, I thought it was a wonderful idea and am fully embracing the idea. It is totally delicious and tomorrow I am taking it to the neighbours!!!! here are some details and the recipe……….thought about sending it over to England but not sure how it would work out. Have read horror stories about it exploding if left for a long time and I wouldn’t want to explain that to the postal service!

Amish Friendship Bread

This is more than a recipe – it’s a way of thinking. In our hi-tech world almost everything comes prepackaged and designed for instant gratification. So where does a recipe that takes ten days to make fit in? Maybe it’s a touch stone to our past – to those days not so very long ago when everything we did took time and where a bread that took 10 days to make was not as extraordinary as it seems today.

The recipe comes to us from Mrs. Norma Condon of Los Angeles. Amish Friendship Bread is a great bread for the holidays. When you’ve made your bread, you can give your friends a sample and the starter that made it! Then your friends can make their own and pass it along to their friends. This is why the bread is called “friendship bread”. It makes a great homemade birthday and Christmas present. Church groups and hospitals have spread a lot of love and cheer by making Amish Friendship Bread for their members. Many people make it regularly just because it tastes so good!

Amish Friendship Bread is a genuine starter bread. If you know someone with a starter, you are in luck. For those of you without access to a starter, we’ve done our research and found a great option. It’s a special starter in powder form that can be activated with flour and water; it’s safe, very inexpensive and we can send it to you.

Starter for Amish Friendship Bread (G-110)

The Recipe

Amish Cinnamon Friendship Bread

Important Tips:

  • Do not use a metal bowl or spoon for mixing (see my note about this below)
  • Do not refrigerate.
  • It is normal for batter to thicken, bubble, or ferment

Day 1: You receive the fermented batter in a 1 gallon ziploc bag. Do Nothing. Just place the bag on the kitchen counter.

Day 2: Squeeze the bag several times.

Day 3: Squeeze the bag several times.

Day 4: Add 1 c. of flour, 1 c. of sugar, 1 c. of milk. Squeeze bag.

Day 5: Squeeze the bag several times.

Day 6: Add 1 c. each flour, sugar, and milk. Squeeze bag.

Day 7: Squeeze bag several times.

Day 8: Squeeze bag several times.

Day 9: Squeeze bag several times.

Day 10: In a large, non-metal bowl, combine batter with 1 c. each flour, sugar, and milk. Mix with a wooden spoon. Pour four 1-cup starters into individual gallon ziploc bags. Give away starters to friends with this set of directions. It is important to follow this sequence exactly.

To the remaining batter add:

  • 1 c. canola oil
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 large box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 t. cinnamon

In separate bowl, mix 1 t. cinnamon and 3 T. sugar. Sprinkle into well-greased loaf pans and coat the sides with sugar mixture. Do not use Pam or other non-stick spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until done.

Variations:

Banana Bread:

  • 1 box instant banana pudding
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 handfuls of nuts

Chocolate Bread:

  • 1 box of instant choc. pudding
  • 1 T. cocoa
  • 2 handfuls of chocolate chips

We will see how the neighbours take to it!!! As for me, I will hve delicious amish bread every 10 days. Not sure how long it will be before I run out of friends and neighbours to get a starter kit to, at a rate of 3 starters kits to hand out every 10 days. My town has less than 2000 people, we are going to be over run with amish bread………………..!

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Published in: on +00002007-11-03T02:38:22+00:00302007bUTCSat, 03 Nov 2007 02:38:22 +0000 27, 2007 at 6.50 p11  Comments (3)  

Pumpkin Patch

One of my favourite things about the Fall is the Pumpkin Patch. You get to pet a few animals, have a hay ride and pick a pumpkin. But my favourite thing is taking great pics of the kids. We have been for the last two years and have some great photos so I was looking forward to updating my collection. This was not my year, the kids did not want to have their pics taken at all. As you will see we did get some OK pics but this was due to the sheer volume I took, a few had to turn out alright. The kids loved the hay ride which was a huge improvement on last year though. But I guess the most important thing of all was getting time together as a family. Sometimes you forget to spend time all together and then you forget how much fun it actually is. Apparately a family “that plays together stays together”.
mum charlie & lola on pumpkin

dad charlie & lola on hay ride

charlie & lola

This is what I am doing with the seeds…………….

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Submitted by: lauratyler Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Ready In: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Yields: 6 servings

“Roasted pumpkin seeds are seasoned with a hint of spice and garlic in this easy fall recipe.”

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon seasoned salt

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the pumpkin seeds, butter, garlic powder, salt and seasoned salt until the pumpkin seeds are evenly coated. Spread in an even layer on a cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes until toasted. Cool completely on the baking sheet, then transfer to a serving dish.
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or maybe this…………..

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
Submitted by: lotus petal
Rated: 4 out of 5 by 4 members
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Ready In: 55 Minutes
Yields: 8 servings

“Butter, salt, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot sauce are all you need to spice up your pumpkin seed haul from Halloween decorating or any fall cooking involving pumpkins.”

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups pumpkin seeds, rinsed

and dried

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon Worcestershire

sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 drops hot pepper sauce

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking pan with aluminum foil.
2. Stir together the pumpkin seeds and butter in a bowl. Add the salt, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce; stir. Spread the seeds in a single layer on the baking pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven until crispy, about 45 minutes.
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now I need to find recipes for the rest of the pumpkin…………..

Published in: on +00002007-10-29T05:05:45+00:00312007bUTCMon, 29 Oct 2007 05:05:45 +0000 27, 2007 at 6.50 p10  Comments (2)