Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Friendship Bread: Take 2
So, this is my second adventure with the friendship bread starter. See this post for info on the starter or this one for adventure 1.
The first time I made a sweet version of the bread, because all of the recipes seem to be for sweet versions. Mine was chocolate. I thought it was weird. I did not feel comfortable with the sweetness mixed with the yeast-y taste. It was not my thing. So I thought I'd turn my next starter into a savory version with ham and cheese.
Assuming you have a starter, here is the recipe below for directions to follow.
If anyone wants a starter, I have 3 that I popped in the freezer last night. Email me if you want one and I'll mail it to you (provided you don't live out of the country). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day 10: Follow the directions below:
Pour the entire bag into a nonmetal bowl.
Add 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cup milk.
Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each into 4 1-gallon Ziploc bags.
Keep one of the bags fr yourself, and give the other bags to 3 friendship along with the recipe.
REMEMBER: If you keep a starter for yourself, you will be baking in 10 days. The bread is very good and makes a great gift. Only the Amish know how to make a starter, so if you give all the bags away, you will have to wait for someone to give you a starter back.
Should this recipe not be passed onto a friend on the first day, make sure to tell them which day it is when you present it to them.
Garlic, Parmesan and Ham Savory Bread
1 stick of melted butter
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (and some for sprinkling on the top-optional)
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup chopped ham
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Grease 2 loaf pans (I used one big loaf pan).
Mix up your ingredients along with your starter and pour in your pan(s).
Bake for one hour and 15 minutes or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
Recipe adapted from: http://p-art-y.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-version-of-amish-friendship-bread.html
This turned out pretty yummy. Kind of tastes like beer bread, with yeasty and sort of sweet undertones and a dense crumb.
I tried to get a good picture of a slice, but it wasn't happening. You can get the idea from this blurry pic, I think:
The bread is good on its own, but I had mine topped with an over easy egg for breakfast. Holy yum, it was good!