This is one tradition I have completely backward. Historically passover is a time to eat unleavened bread, so what do I do? I make bread that takes 10 days to leaven. Totally backwards. Still, I think it has value... In an age where we do not generally make our own bread and therefore do not normally wait for it to rise, it is great to remember back to a time when all bread was made from scratch and a ten day recipe was not unheard of. According to the bible traditions during the first passover the (then) would be Israelites were not to wait for their bread to rise. In the years after their tradition was to remove all yeast from their homes completely. So today I make Amish friendship bread and wait for the next 10 days for it to leaven using a fermentation process. I always explain to my friends that it is my backwards way of celebrating passover and each year I try to give it to 3 new friends. (That way my good friends do not get tired of it).
To start Amish Friendship bread from scratch:
DO NOT USE METAL SPOONS, OR BOWLS - only wood, plastic, or glass. And do not store it in the fridge. This recipe uses a fermentation process that refrigeration hinders.
1 packet of active dry yeast
1/4 c. of water
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk (warmed is best for yeast to activate)
Now that you have a starter here is what you do with it over the next 10 days:
Day 1 - This is the day you made or were given the starter
Days 2 - 5 stir with wooden spoon (or if the starter is in a ziploc, mush the ziploc)
Day 6 Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup milk (transfer to larger container if needed)
Days 7 - 9 stir with wooden spoon (or mush baggie)
Day 10 - Show time! First add another 1 cup flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup milk. Then divide the batter into 4 portions and put into (non-metal) containers. Give 3 to friends with instructions. (To print, click on the instructions above to expand them. Then right click on them with your mouse or use the browser's file and print options.)
Keep 1 portion to make a loaf of friendship bread.
Friendship Bread Recipe
Take the portion from above and add the following:
1 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp real vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
Mix and pour into two well greased and sugared bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
Makes 2 loaves.